The Rick Pitino quote about Peyton Siva wasn't as bad as it initially sounded, but it was still kind of bad. This was what had everyone in an uproar on Saturday night, after Louisville was held to 49 points in a nine-point loss to Syracuse:
Rick Pitino said Peyton Siva's girlfriend (asking if she's disracting) & social media are part of problem with his poor play of late. Wow.— Steve Andress (@steveandress) March 4, 2012
This wasn't the actual quote and context, but you can see why jaws dropped over it. The actual quote was a lot more tame.
Instead of following Twitter, you can watch the video for the full context below (answer begins around the four minute mark).
Asked what could get Siva back on track, Pitino says:
"You know Rick, social media today ... if you don't do what I do and just totally block everything out ... I would imagine, and I don't know this for a fact, but I would imagine that so many people would be 'what's wrong with you?' And now the pressure starts building. If you can't insulate yourself from all of that, then you're not gonna get back to your form. And that's what I keep telling our guys: insulate everything.
"You know, he'll even get it from his girlfriend. She'll give him one of these 'I know you're not playing well, so let me step away from you' (he jokingly steps back)."
Asked if he thinks it's a problem for a number of players:
"No, just him. I think he hears it -- that he's not playing well -- and he's a very sensitive young man so he presses."
So there you go. That should clear everything up.