Rick Pitino learned that Kevin Ware missed a court date for two traffic citations from the news media on Monday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There wasn't much news from Rick Pitino's regularly scheduled Monday afternoon news conference to preview the University of Louisville's basketball game against Hartford Tuesday.
But the news that was made was also news to Pitino: Kevin Ware, the Cards' junior guard who became a national story when he suffered a compound fracture to his right leg during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, failed to appear for a court date in Barren County, Ky., Monday for citations written for speeding and reckless driving.
Tracey Roberts, chief deputy clerk for the Barren Circuit/District Judge, said that Ware's court appearance has been rescheduled for Nov. 25 at 8:30 a.m. (CST).
The police officer said that he tracked Ware in his vehicle, a black 2013 Dodge Challenger, for a half-mile while he was traveling south on I-65 at 11:04 p.m. Oct. 26, a Saturday.
Ware was cited for driving 95 mph in a 55 mph construction zone in the post-arrest complaint written by the officer. But the violation area of the complaint cites Ware for traveling 95 in a 45 mph area.
Unsafe and reckless at either posted limit. And annoying to Pitino, regardless of the posted limit. Now Ware will have to deal with the traffic citations as well as a perturbed head coach.
"I was not aware and that's his business," Pitino said. "That has nothing to do with basketball. Parking tickets, speeding tickets, I don't encourage getting either one. I'll talk to him about it. It's the first of my knowledge of it.
"Why he missed the date, I have no idea? I'm not concerned. I'm concerned about … obviously I don't want anybody speeding or I don't want anybody getting parking tickets and I don't want anybody losing their lunch pass.
"I'm sure you're concerned about it. I'm not. He shouldn't be speeding first of all. That's something he has to address. If he gets his license suspended, he's going to do a lot of walking."
Ware was unavailable for questions Monday. After sitting out Louisville's first two games, Ware played 13 minutes against Cornell Monday, scoring five points with two rebounds.
He is expected to be dressed for the Hartford game Tuesday.