Former UK center Daniel Orton has been the punching bag for criticism recently for various decisions and comments in the last couple of months, ranging from his decision to leave school early to finishing out his academic obligations at UK.
On Wednesday night, Orton went to Twitter to clear the air in a long series of tweets. Below is the entire series put together. I think the statement pretty much speaks for itself.
From talking with Orton before the draft, I can personally tell you the guy was pretty down from all criticism. Despite a strong mentality, the negativity had begun to take its toll. The courage by Orton to address all the issues -- whether he deserved the criticism or not -- speaks pretty big volumes about his true character.
Good for Orton. Now let's hope everyone can ease up, get off his back and wish him the best of luck with the Orlando Magic.
"Okay there are some things that I've been needing to address, but I was trying to focus my attention elsewhere. As far as the classes I want to apologize for not doing what I said I would. I messed up bigtime and hope I can be somewhat forgiven. I messed up on a few due dates on my online class and I just lost focus in school. I apologize. Then the thing about the Kansas comment. I was more so set up on that question; we all know the media and how they like to get people but i was asked was there any other school that I would have gone to. At first I said no because I loved UK and I loved my experience and my teammates there. Then he proceeded to say I know Kansas was recruiting you hard, you never had any thoughts of maybe you should have gone there? Of course I thought that at times I won't lie about that I'm sure at least two players on every college team this year question their decision but in the end I am happy that I went to UK. As far as leavin early. I can't really justify myself there. So sorry UK fans love yall and yall are the best Ima miss it!"