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Farmer watches son's basketball game after prison sentence delayed

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Former Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer watches his son play Sweet 16 state basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Former Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer watches his son play Sweet 16 state basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.
Richie Farmer speaks to the media before the game. Richie Farmer speaks to the media before the game.
Trey Farmer Trey Farmer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former UK basketball star and state agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer is soon to be a prison inmate.

But Thursday night, he was focused on being a father who is thankful for a chance to watch his son play basketball in the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.

Last week, a judge granted Farmer's request to delay the start of his sentence until after the boys' state tournament games this weekend -- a delay judges often grant, even if the defendant is not as famous.

"I also wanted to do it for him, because I didn't want him to be worried about other things and not be able to enjoy this experience to the best of his ability," Farmer said, also noting his gratitude for the judge's decision.

Farmer is now scheduled to report to federal prison in Hazelton, West Virginia, Tuesday to begin his 27-month sentence for misconduct as the state agriculture commissioner.

Thursday night, Farmer wore his black Clay County shirt to watch son Trey play for Clay County High School against Covington Catholic.

Farmer spoke with reporters before the game.

"Now he (Trey) gets to make his own memories, and that's really special. And that means more to me that anything that I could ever have accomplished. And, so I am really excited about it," Farmer said.

Farmer knows Rupp Arena well, from his own glory days leading Clay County to a state title 27 years ago, and as one of the University of Kentucky "Unforgettables" in the early 90s.

Covington Catholic beat Clay County 80-78. Trey Farmer scored 19 points for Clay County. He was his team's second highest scorer.

Richie Farmer said his son Trey has attended every Sweet 16 tournament since he was born.

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