Mackey: “My future is in someone else’s hands”

  • 05/17/2008 8:42 am in

mackeycourt12.jpgSpeaking on the record for the first time since last September when he was arrested for possession of crack cocaine at Scott County High School, former Indiana recruit Bud Mackey tells Jillian Ogawa of The Lexington Herald Leader that he’s sorry for what happened:

“All the people that was behind me, I let them all down, It’s like they wanted it more for me than I wanted for myself, and that really doesn’t matter unless I wanted it for myself.”

Mackey said he has always had a supportive family who encouraged him to do well in school. But, reflecting back, he started taking missteps last July.

He met up with a couple of old friends “and their future was kind of rocky,” he said. “I don’t know what I was thinking. I just thought it would never happen to me.”

“It’s just something real foolish,” he continued. “Now my future is in someone else’s hands.”

Mackey hopes that others will learn to not “get caught up with the wrong crowd,” Mackey said. “Stay far, far away from drugs because it’s really not worth it. … If you end up messing around with drugs and end up being put in here, you’ll be in the same situation I am in. Your life is in someone else’s hands.”

It’s good to see Mackey taking accountability for his actions, but it’s unfortunate that it had to come to this. With what went down with Kelvin Sampson and how involved Mackey was with the excessive phone calls, it’s unlikely that he would have ever made it to Bloomington. However, after talking to this young man and also watching him play, it’s sad to see someone with such god given talent throw it all away. Ultimately, Mackey will get another chance somewhere down the road and hopefully he makes the best of it.

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  • ZachH

    I wish Sampson was this remorseful and honest about his wrongdoings.

    It's good to see Mackey taking accountability for his actions this past year; that's a good way to rear himself back in the right direction.

    Hopefully he's learned from all of this and becomes a better person for it.

  • the mohawk was a nice choice for court

  • Is Tim Garl still going to be with the team next year?

  • What is Ebanks doing? Why hasn't he made a choice yet. I would be nice to get him and Sutton.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have a small hope about Ebanks, but a LARGER red flag. Why hasn't he signed already? At this point he knows what Memphis and Rutgers has to offer…what are the reservations? Makes me wonder…

    I hope Bud gets his act together, I heard so many good things about him during the barnstorming tour last year and it all went downhill from there…..

    Dear coach crean….we need an Indianapolis Barnstorming tourstop this summer bro….so all of my local fans (kelin) can seem the teams only Indiana All Star play….

    sincerely, Daniel Moore.

  • The Ebanks deal is an odd one……at 6'8 he would give us some much needed size and the 6'8 small forward I would love to see. He would be the center piece to what is shaping up to be a pretty decent team. Maybe he is holding out for more money from Memphis.

  • kylehornsbyrules

    There was a Barnstorming stop in Noblesville.

  • msdiu81

    I read a few weeks ago Ebanks committed to Rutgers.

  • he'll be starting for cincinnati in 2010.

    just a hunch.

  • cincinnati: it where good players go that get busted with crack….who know maybe west virginia has an opening

  • msdiu81

    Ebanks is going to W. Virginia according to Goodman @ Fox.

  • Kelin Blab

    Ebanks to WVU………so much for that….

  • BTOWN40

    More like Detroit Mercy

  • BTOWN40

    More like Detroit Mercy