Former Kentucky basketball star fired from state job

A well known former UK basketball star, from Louisville, is out of a job, fired from his position with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Now questions have arisen about whether he inappropriately used his state e-mail account and what he said to women.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – He's a former Kentucky "Mr. Basketball", starred at UK and played in the NBA but the Louisville native is out of a state job amid questions about inappropriate emails.

 

Winston Bennett was fired from his job in the Kentucky Labor Cabinet after just 10 weeks on the job.

 

Bennett had become the Director of Apprenticeship for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and was considered a key player on Secretary Derrick Ramsey's team. Secretary Ramsey's Chief of Staff confirmed the firing after the cabinet learned of "a potential issue with Mr. Bennett".

 

Bennett began working for the Labor Cabinet in August but was fired last month.


When we asked for details, Secretary Ramsey's Chief of Staff wrote: “The only comment we have is that as soon as we became aware of a potential issue with Mr. Bennett, it was addressed immediately and he was terminated.”

 

He would not say what the "potential issue" was.


Our reporting partners at the Louisville Courier Journal described emails between Bennett and female employees which they obtained by an Open Records Request as, "personal, excessively flattering and at times flirtatious".


The Louisville native has experienced his share of ups and downs since being named Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1983.

 

In 2011, he and his wife sat down with WHAS11's Sherlene Shanklin do discuss his sexual addiction that he said cost him a job as an NBA assistant coach.


“That was one of the hardest things to come to grips with, do I want to bring this public”, explained Winston Bennett. “But we really had no choice because our story had already become public when I lost my job with the Boston Celtics in 1998 as an assistant to Rick Pitino."

 

Winston Bennett has not responded to our request for comment.

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