Debate stirs about honoring Farmer's basketball past


by Rachel Platt

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 9:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- As of late, we know Richie Farmer from walking in and out of the courthouse.

On Friday, September 13 he is expected to plead guilty to ethics charges and serve two years in prison.

Farmer’s glory days as a member of the UK team dubbed the “Unforgettables” earned him the honor of having his jersey hung from the rafters of Rupp Arena.

Prosecutors said the folk hero of then is the political crook of today.

A debate is fueling on whether the jersey should stay up, or come down.

People we talked to on the street were split about the argument, some said no because he earned the distinction years ago.  Others said take the jersey down because he stole taxpayer money.

I asked people to give their opinion via social media; Kathy posted on my Facebook, “no, it shouldn’t come down, it was earned at the time.”

Jennifer also responded on Facebook and said, “take it down, he’s a convicted criminal.”

The issue is not black and white, or even blue and white.  University of Kentucky Athletic Director, Mitch Barnhart, said he has never experienced something like this before.

Farmer is a player with a past, a person with a present and a man known for both good and bad.