LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- John Calipari and former player Derek Anderson are reacting to the plea deal that's been agreed to by Richie Farmer, which would send him to federal prison if a judge signs off on the deal next week.
Farmer, the former University of Kentucky basketball star and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is accused of abusing power and misusing taxpayer money.
Farmer was part of the UK basketball team known as the “Unforgettables,” before launching a political career.
"He makes mistakes, people make mistakes, we have to learn how to forgive them, not belittle them, get them better and get them out the situation, whatever his punishment is and whatever he's done, I am not sure, but I will be a friend to him if he needs me," Anderson said.
"I’ve been in the car all day, so i don't want to go back and forth, but he's a big part of Kentucky’s program and I hope everything goes well for he and his family," Calipari added.
The plea deal Farmer made is expected to send him to prison for about 2 years and he'll have to pay about $120,000 fines.