LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority members used a group messaging app to warn each other last month about a potentially dangerous student who carried a gun to a party to protect UK basketball player Tai Wynyard.
Messages to the student, whom Courier Journal is not naming because no criminal charges were filed, were not immediately returned.
Wynyard, a redshirt sophomore forward from New Zealand, has been suspended from all team activities for a violation of team rules, though UK associate media relations director Eric Lindsey would not confirm when the suspension was handed down or if it was connected to the allegation.
“He violated team rules,” Calipari said. “He has — the back. He is out because of a back, but he’s now been suspended because of violating team rules and that’s all I’ll say.”
I think we all know where this is going – Power. Move. City. I mean there’s just nothing better and more powerful than a guy who has an outlandishly inflated ego. The guy who drops the “do you know who I am” to the police officer or the club bouncer- never gets a ticket, always gets right in with his group of 9 dudes. Kind of like this Kentucky basketball player showing up to frat parties with an armed student bodyguard. Literally packing heat and keeping people away during a CEOs and Office Hoes mixer. Can never be too careful with the hoards of raving fans. “OH MY GOD THAT’S….Redshirt sophomore from New Zealand Tai Wynyard who hasn’t been seen with the team since January 13th and averages 5 minutes a game with 1 point and 1 rebound. KEEP BACK! STAY BACK! LET HIM BREATHE.”
Nima Mahmoodi, a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and Vice President of Community Outreach for the Kentucky Interfraternity Council, named Wynyard in messages sent to the organization’s members and obtained by Courier Journal on Tuesday.
“Obviously Tai Wynyard was involved and this morning it was announced that he was suspended,” Mahmoodi said in one message.
The Group Me message circulated by sorority members in January stated: “there is a (person) showing up to parties with the basketball player Tai Wynyard. (The person) showed up last night to our rush party and … had a gun … said he was ‘protecting’ Wynyard. … If you go out tonight and see (person) DO NOT APPROACH (person). Share this to EVERY SISTER.”
The source said the council discussed the incident in January with fraternity and sorority presidents and instructed each to communicate with members of their respective organizations.
“Make sure to be careful,” said the source about the council’s stance. “Make sure to be safe.”
Sorority and fraternity members messaged photographs in mid-January and identified the potentially dangerous student by name, the source said.
I have a feeling the media is exaggerating the story a little bit and this “armed bodyguard” is just like, his boy, who carries a gun, and uses “I’m protecting Wynyard” as his ice breaker in conversations. However – you shouldn’t bring guns to frat parties!