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Wenyen Gabriel Says he Apologized to Calipari for Message to Recruit

Wenyen Gabriel
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On Monday, former Kentucky Wildcat Wenyen Gabriel had his two-way contract converted to an NBA deal with the Sacramento Kings.

While that’s good news for the former Kentucky forward, most of the talk has been about a social media direct message he sent to a Kentucky basketball recruit last year. Jaden McDaniels, the five-star forward that chose Washington over Kentucky last spring, is the recruit on the receiving end of the message.

Warning: Before reading the text below, know that there is profanity and language in the text. Below is the message Gabriel sent to McDaniels.

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The message has been around for a while but it began circulating again on Tuesday. Since then, the Kentucky basketball social media account had perfect timing releasing a message from former players DeMarcus Cousins, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about how hard it is to play at Kentucky.

Gabriel responded to the video on Instagram by saying, “This is literally what I was tryna say.”

Gabriel also commented that he apologized to Calipari three months ago and that he should have worded his message differently.

Gabriel wasn’t wrong about Kentucky being a hard place to play. John Calipari says it over and over again that Kentucky isn’t for everyone. If that message scared away a recruit, then Kentucky probably wasn’t the right place.

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