Cab Driver has press conference

Mississippi Coach Arrested Basketball
Cab driver Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou shows where he was allegedly punched by Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy, during a news conference at his home, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 in Villa Hills, Ky. Police arrested Kennedy early Thursday after the cab driver said the coach punched him while calling him “bin Laden” and other racial insults. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

From The AP story on cab driver’s press conference …

The complaint filed in Municipal Court alleges that Kennedy assaulted Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou and “punched victim with a closed fist while shouting racial slurs.” Kennedy, 40, was arrested at 1:15 a.m., police documents show.

Police subsequently arrested Bill Armstrong, director of operations for the basketball team, on a charge of disorderly conduct. Armstong, 31, was intoxicated and had been ejected from the Lodge Bar Cincinnati downtown, and had continued taunting the taxi driver, the police report stated. His pretrial hearing was also set for Jan. 16.

A message was left with the bar’s manager.

Jiddou, a 25-year-old native of the northwest Africa country of Mauritania, told reporters that the altercation broke out after Kennedy hailed him and then asked him to pick up his friends. When four other people tried to get in, Jiddou said, he told them he couldn’t take that many because he only had four seat belts.

Jiddou said Kennedy then began yelling, cussing him and calling him “bin Laden, Saddam Hussein,” and hit him in the face. Police said the left side of Jiddou’s face was swollen; at his northern Kentucky home more than 12 hours later, he had no apparent injuries and said he wasn’t hurt physically but was upset to be compared to the terrorist leader.

“(Osama) bin Laden killed 3,000 people in this country. I never hurt no one,” Jiddou said. “How can he tell me that? I’m working hard. I don’t want to hear anything like that.”

He said he didn’t know who Kennedy was until a police officer told him hours after the arrest.

Rusty O’Brien, a Louisville, Ky., attorney, said Jiddou is a legal resident of the United States. Jiddou said he has been in this country for seven years. O’Brien met with Jiddou on Thursday to discuss his legal options.

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74 Responses to “Cab Driver has press conference”

  1. Jay Stokes Says:

    sounds like a bunch of bullcrap coming from that guy. AK started yelling, cussing, and punched the guy just because he couldn’t take all of them in his car???? um……………ok.

  2. normdawg96 Says:

    Sounds more reliable than the junk AK said about him not wanting one the coaches to ride because he was African-American….The cab driver is minority also…come on..plus let’s figure in who was intoxicated….

    I don’t know what happened, but this guy’s story sounds better than the junk AK is saying.

  3. Jay Stokes Says:

    Chuck posted this on the Ole Miss Spirit forums….

    Here is what I have learned about AK incident. . .
    AK and staff wanted to get in a cab ourside of a Cincy establishment. The cab driver said “only four riders in one cab.” Andy and four others found another cab and got in. The cab driver pulled up next to the cabbie who had turned them down and the two drivers got into a heated verbal exchange. Andy told the the cab driver to pull over and let them out. He refused, locking the doors from the inside and drove off with AK and four others in tow. There was a verbal exchange demanding he unlock the doors and let them out. Two blocks later, he pulled over. The cabbie demanded payment – the passengers refused and an argument ensued. The cabbie called assistant coach Torey Ward a racial slur. After more verbal exchanges, another cab was hailed and the coaches were headed to the team hotel when the police pulled them over and arrested AK.

    The eyewitness I have talked to said all the charges are absolutely incorrect and the cab driver’s account is filled with lies.

    AK and Pete Boone met this morning and Boone was satisfied Kennedy was telling the truth. Reportedly, it will be business as usual tonight at the game, with AK in the lead chair.

    There is supposed to be an official statement from the school shortly. AK has been advised by his legal counsel to not say anything to anybody.

    Naturally, we were not there, but we trust our source that this is the account of how things went down in the unfortunate incident.

  4. Matthew Says:

    you would think that if he were called those names he would have rattled them off in his radio interview he gave but he omitted them there. Also in his radio interview he doesn’t mention a real physical injury just he got his face up in AK’s hand, so he is looking for a civil suit payday. Cops were lazy and this guy wants to get paid. That being said AK should not be @ “college night” at the lodge bar getting his drink on the night before a big game.

  5. Jay Stokes Says:

    normdawg, sounds like you have an ax to grind, my friend

  6. Jay Stokes Says:

    i agree with matthew….about the driver and his last comment. there are definitely questions that could be raised about why he was out so late the night before a game, but i don’t think it’s anybody’s business to be quite honest if he decides to take the assistants out in his hometown away from home…..

  7. Matthew Says:

    “Kennedy and Armstrong weren’t the only members of the staff to go out last night. A group larger than two left the hotel at about 9:30.”

    PA did you see the groups leave the hotel? B/c according to AK’s brother they were “working/practicing” until 11:30 pm.

  8. Big draws Says:

    What was the coach several years ago that got drunk and they took pictures of him at a coed party? Kennedy needs to get his drinking under control while he still has a job.

  9. Matthew Says:

    sorry it said normal team meeting was @ 11pm. Did they have the team meeting @ the club after leaving the club @ 9:30pm?

  10. ColoradoReb Says:

    Amen, brother. Preach on. Sounds like Achmed’s new lawyer is getting the story spiced up for a settlement. Bet his English gets better every time he tells it. But you have to agree with Matt, no reason for being at College Night gettin’ your drink on before a big game, especially when you suck as bad as they do right now.

  11. Tim Says:

    Someone tell me how to create a fireandykennedy.com site
    This is a 40 year old leader of young men. How can his players respect him and take his advice?

  12. DawgBones Says:

    I guess the university cash will just go to the cab driver this time instead of the Oxford police. But a settlement will save court appearances, time and money, etc.

    Bottom line is, even if the cab driver is a slime ball, Kennedy and the director of bball operations should not have put themselves in such a situation. Had they been sober, no doubt better judgment would have prevailed and they would have walked off. Actually, the esteemed director of bball operations is probably in more trouble. He obviously carried things over the top and pissed off the police.

  13. Jay Stokes Says:

    tim, it’s really easy. kennedy has earned the trust of the players as he has been the only coach in school history to win 20+ games in his first two seasons at the helm. just because you have a problem with him being out drinking doesn’t mean he’s a bad leader. i agree, he should NOT have done this the night before a game, but the private lives of these coaches when they are away from the players is nobody’s business.

  14. Jay Stokes Says:

    apart from AK being cleared of charges, what would make the ending to this even sweeter is a win over louisville when everybody is temporarily paying attention….

    i haven’t forgotten about the game…..GO REBELS!!!

  15. Matthew Says:

    Seriously DawgBones don’t come over here starting Sh*t. There is no need to settle anything w/ this guy b/c he is full of lies and any lawsuit he “may” file will not stand up and should be dismissed during early motions. Some punks have an a$$whippin’ coming there way and it sounds like this guy needed one wheter those guys had been drinking or not. Yes more is expected of those in charge but we don’t need a state fans 2 cents from the peanut gallery. If you need to keep popping off just look in state’s closet and you’ll find enough bones if you need to keep picking a bone w/ someone.

  16. ColoradoReb Says:

    Jay, I would have to disagree. 1.As a head coach and a diplomat from the University. Your conduct does come into play. These guys are paid alot of money to represent us well in all aspects of life. 2.If he were having a great year. I could see relaxing a bit, but unfortunately, this entire staff needs to have their head in the game all the time. 3. The place where they went does not serve dinner. Its a place to pick up young college girls and get drunk. 4. You have to treat everyone the same and we have fired assistant coaches for a lot less.

  17. Jay Stokes Says:

    your points are well taken, coloradoreb…..but nobody would have given their little outing any second thought if this whole incident didn’t happen afterwards…this type of thing probably goes on all the time, and there are no police involved….

  18. ColoradoReb Says:

    True and I’ll be the first to say that everybody needs to cut one every now and then. Just bad timing and in the wrong town. I say we only fire him if he loses the game tonight. (LOL)

  19. ColoradoReb Says:

    Dawgbones I don’t guess you heard of alot of the stuff that State has been involved in over the years. Therefore, I am assigning Matt and 420 to come up with a short list to jog your memory. Go back to the State blog where there is never anything good to talk about. I guess thats why yall stay over here all the time.

  20. me Says:

    Armstrong wasn’t drunk. Get that in your head. He was arrested for disorderly conduct (i.e., taking up for his head coach and for Coach Ward). He’s a good guy. A guy who puts his neck out. A guy you want on your side. If Armstrong was drunk, why wasn’t he arrested for it? The reports that Armstrong were drunk and that the group was kicked out of the bar are coming from the cab driver whose version of events was put in the police report. Both accusations are untrue. And the bar owners have confirmed the latter. What is wrong with all the haters? Andy’s players love him. They will love him through this because he’s real. Not imperfect. But real. And a dang good coach. Out late in a big city. Big freaking deal. No proof anyone was drunk. Just a conclusion drawn by judgmental people in glass houses. What’s up with all the haters? Go Rebs! Hope they play their butts off and prove all you naysayers wrong. What accomplishment and talent these people you accuse have brought to Ole Miss. Don’t assume you know b/c you have no idea.

  21. maroondog Says:

    I actually agree with ColoradoReb. Jay, going out and drinking is his own personal business on his own time, but he and his staff are responisble for alot of young men in Cinncy right now. He is not on his personal time. I would not trust my child to play for a coach that I thought was going to go out and get hammered when they played road games. And I say this not as a state fan, but an Ole Miss alum.

  22. bigdraws Says:

    Jackie Sherril was the only coach I can remember who did some things that got him in trouble. And they were just against NCAA rules. I may be wrong though. I’d like to be reminded of what coaches we had that were in trouble with the law too. I’m not playing holier than thou. Hell, I’m drinking a beer right now. I just don’t remember any of our coaches doing anything like this.

  23. JB Says:

    That poor pitiful looking AXXHOLE!!! my heart bleeds for you, you creep. You don’t looked to damaged. That Ole Miss coach must have had mercy on you. Well done Coach.

  24. Jud Says:

    Is Andy in any way Related to Ted Kennedy? Other than their shared fondness of Akyhol?

    College Head Coach makes college student mistake. I’m sure the Lawyers will get him out of it, I’m sure The brass at UM are waving hush money at ESPN’s broadcast crew for tonights game (there is going to be a lot of dead air when Louisville has a 30 point second half lead) and I’m sure this reminds me of a certain coach first name Larry, last name Eustacy.

    Spin, Spin, Spin.

  25. Matthew Says:

    bigdraws I’m not accusing state of having coaches who have done similar things, (although taking your players to a live castration may be more offensive to me as the parent of a potential player than having a coach tell a cabbie to go to hell), I was just telling DawgBones that all programs have issues and he doesn’t need to accuse Ole Miss of having Oxford police in the bag, or accuse Ole Miss of paying off people to have problems go away when every major program has skeletons in their closets. Maroondog, AK was not “hammered” so stop making stuff up please. Yes he was drinking but a recruits parents should not be concerned about a coach drinking, he wasn’t charged w/ Public drunk. I’m disappointed w/ AK getting himself put in the position he was in, but state fans need to worry about state and stop making stuff up or spinning things recklessly.

  26. bigdraws Says:

    That’s the guy I was trying to think of.

  27. Jud Says:

    I knew Jackie Sherrill’s name was going to be brought up.

    Spin, Spin, Spin.

    Keep Spinnin’

  28. farley662 Says:

    JB, are you attacking that guy because he’s of Arab decent? Like you do Obama?

  29. whocares Says:

    Sounds like a situation where a cab cant legally carry 5 people at one time and then when they went to a different cab, the original cab guy wanted to get paid for driving them 2 blocks or whatever.

    What I dont understand is why were they not all together to start with ?

    Why did they have to pick up some others down the road ?

    I dont doubt that the guys were drunk. And I dont doubt the cab driver wanted money.

    It seems like the cops just arrested them and took the cabbies word for everything. Not sure that was appropriate. But, They were drunk which was probably the deciding factor.

    Is the game nationally televised on ESPN or something ?

  30. ColoradoReb Says:

    They’re all guilty of something and so are we. You give someone a little power and a big pay check. Its got to give you an ego. Some just don’t get caught. State in general, not just coaching has had their share of bad apples, all of which are supposed to be representing the university. My whole point is that a coach is sort of like a preacher. You know they love fried chicken, whiskey, and p****, but you better not get caught indulging in it. People in them parts don’t forgive too easy. Good luck to the Rebs tonight. I’m gonna have to see this one. PA, better bring a bottle of mace just in case.

  31. bigdraws Says:

    Ok. Just clearing that up. And I hope you aren’t serious about the “ag study” being worse than this situation. JK I don’t even feel like arguing about it. I’m still holding my vow to Ripleyreb that I made long ago. Lets both go out and make MS proud on the court tonight.

  32. maroondog Says:

    I like your “red and blue” glasses Matthew and I am not lying about anything. The coaching staff went out to a bar while they were in charge of guarding their players. If I am a parent, that would upset me and you are being a homer if you don’t think that’s true. I don’t like it. It makes my Alma Mater look bad, but its true.

  33. Jay Stokes Says:

    yeah, whocares, the game is on espn at 9pm eastern….be there!

  34. ColoradoReb Says:

    These players aren’t ten years old. They re grown men for Gods sakes. They don’t need a baby sitter. I guess MSU players do need a baby sitter with their maturity level and all. OM doesn’t baby sit, sorry maroondag. Thats a State thing.

  35. bigdraws Says:

    Yeah, because no Ole Miss players ever needed guidance of any kind. That’s a completely ridiculous statement creb.

  36. Tim Says:

    I am an Ole Miss fan, and I can honestly say if this happened at another university. I would think that it was absurd to not fire that coach.

  37. whocares Says:

    maroondog, what do you think coaches should be doing on the road ? Stay up all night making sure none of their adult players steps out of their room ?

  38. ColoradoReb Says:

    It was funny anyway. We just like pillows and clocks. I guess we’re in the same boat. So we better not rock it.

  39. maroondog Says:

    ColoradoReb, did I say anything bad about the players? You’re going to smart off and then get pissed and whine to PA when somebody says something to you. I stated the obvious. I don’t care how old the players are. When coaches sit down and talk to players, one of the promises they make to the parents is to take care of them. You and everyone else knows its true. I can’t imagine there won’t be some parent that thinks about that when Ak comes to visit.

  40. Jay Stokes Says:

    maroondog, i think it’s fair to point out that this was after team activities were over for the day…..and the team was most likely out on their own personal time as well. if AK had some obligation to be at the hotel “guarding the players”, i’m sure he would have been there.

  41. bigdraws Says:

    “We just like pillows and clocks.”

    You wanna think about that statement a little bit more?

  42. Tim Says:

    Geez, how did this become an OM vs. MSU topic. I mean it doesn’t make you better cause it didn’t happen there.

  43. Matthew Says:

    Maroondog please read my last 6 posts before you call me a homer willing to let all things Ole Miss slide. I’ve actually called for AK to not be on the bench until a full investigation has been completed. Yes as a parent I would be upset if a coach is getting his drink on the night before the game at a club however he should be disciplined not fired. You made a false statement/”lie” when you said he was “hammered”. You nor I know how much alcohol AK had consumed, so speak truthfully. If you say the other coach was hammered you may get less of an argument from me.
    State fans need to worry about state’s dirt and don’t worry about Ole Miss.

    ColoradoReb you had me rolling non stop w/ your preacher comment. Although as an Episcopalian the whiskey is OK and expected for our men of the cloth. We are all guilty of something as you say and I’ll be the first to admit it.

  44. ColoradoReb Says:

    Colorado News Denver 4 ticker at the bottom has AK as charged with aggrivated assault and battery. Remember, those circles in kinder when they would start out telling what was for lunch and by the time it got back around it was totally different? Welcome to the Spin Zone

  45. JB Says:

    Farley, I can express my view and have my freedom of speech, have my guns and ammo until January 20, 2009. Then the Eagle starts to shed tears.

  46. bigdraws Says:

    I never said it did Tim. In fact I said I didn’t want to argue. I’m just trying to defend my guys over some folks trying to invoke a little spin control of their own.

  47. flareb Says:

    Draws,
    You’re on to something……..blogging is better with a Miller Lite.

  48. ColoradoReb Says:

    I couldn’t be Catholic because well, you know. I can’t be Baptist, was raised Baptist, cause they’re a bunch of hipocrits. I can’t be Mormon cause my wife wont go for the mutiple wives thing (I tried). By golly Matt I think I done found me a religion. Let’s all have a drink to AK and Rebs. Hell it’s Christmas. We can’t be gettin’ upset this time of year we might end up saying what we really think about our mother-in-law to her face.

  49. bigdraws Says:

    Got that right man.

  50. ripleyreb Says:

    “I’m still holding my vow to Ripleyreb that I made long ago. Lets both go out and make MS proud on the court tonight.”
    Bigdraws, Thank you for being a man of your word. You are a true Mississippian.

  51. ColoradoReb Says:

    Lets drink to Mississippi

  52. ripleyreb Says:

    “CHEERS”

  53. ColoradoReb Says:

    Before you know it we gonna love each other. Anybody, got’ny fried chicken or a sister (thats not too ugly). No state girls please!

  54. bigdraws Says:

    “we might end up saying what we really think about our mother-in-law to her face.”

    She’d prolly jackslap me harder than Andy Kennedy after being kicked out of a bar.

  55. bigdraws Says:

    Rip looks like I may be in your neck of the woods Christmas Eve day.

  56. JB Says:

    CHEERS to you ripleyreb and all the rest. We be making our way up thru that great State tomorrow. I have cross that State line into Mississippi many times and the feeling that it give is a sensation second to SEX.

  57. ColoradoReb Says:

    I was a member of the Baptist church until they decided to get rid of all the whiskey. The preachers said, “lets take all our whiskey and pour it in the river.” Soon as we walked out the front door of the Baptist church the Methodist church accross the street was coming out the front door singing, “Shall we gather at the river.”

  58. bigdraws Says:

    (blank stare at creb)

  59. Jay Stokes Says:

    hahaha! “she’d prolly jackslap me harder than andy kennedy after being kicked out of a bar”……. draws, THAT was hilarious.

  60. ColoradoReb Says:

    Lets drink to religion

  61. ColoradoReb Says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever had Crown Royal with RC (Royal Crown)cola. It aint half bad.

  62. ColoradoReb Says:

    Well its 4:15 here so I guess I better make my way to happy hour. See yall at the ballgame.

  63. ripleyreb Says:

    JB, you be careful on the road. I hope your wife is driving when you cross the State Line. Will you be blogging with us while your in the Magnolia State? If not, Hope You and Yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  64. kylebuddy Says:

    I don’t know. It didn’t come at a great time, considering that we play #9 Louisville tonight, and that we have already trailed all season long. Plus, the players probably feel a little weird, because supposedly their head coach just got into a big fight, and that hes the big man in charge right now. Their parents also probably feel a little queer, and some may even want their kids to get out of there. Nothing good can come from a fight. The players will have this on their heads all night long, besides the fact that we play a top ten team in the country some number of hours after that fight. Then, they’ll have their mind on that. Wonder how his recruiting will go from now on. I wonder who’s parents wants him to control their child on the court.

  65. kylebuddy Says:

    What time does state play?

  66. me Says:

    I think parents of recruits will be a lot more understanding than a lot of you guys. Hopefully, they live in reality (and out a pretentious bubble) where going out after work for a drink is not a death sentence. Perhaps they care about the quality of basketball a program has and not about whether the coaches have a few beers after work, even on a night before a game. Coaches at this level work around the clock. Eleven p.m. for them is often happy hour. And, yes, they are not going to win every game this year, but saying the team is bad ignores the enormous freshman and sophomore talent on this team. Talent that has been brought in by these guys that you accuse based on the statement of a cab driver who called our coach the “N” word and then gave a version of events that favored himself to the cops, who then put that verision in the police reports. In the coming years, when our talent matures, you will be loving on Coach Kennedy again like you have for the past two years. Fickle fans are nauseating. And result in people like Tuberville and Cutcliff being fired. You desk jockeys hating on these guys who have jobs you wish you had is obvious.

  67. Bo Says:

    The article at Rivals.com is painting a completely different picture of the events. I wasn’t there to witness myself but I’ve gotta believe that AK must be innocent or at least the accusations drastically exaggerated, because otherwise Boone and Khayat wouldn’t allow him to coach tonight because of all the negative publicity that’s brewing.

    I’m anxiously awaiting all of the facts…

  68. JB Says:

    me says; Well stated.

  69. Jay Stokes Says:

    “me”…..i couldn’t agree more! amen, brother!

  70. me Says:

    Sister, but no offense taken. 😉

  71. JB Says:

    Looks like Coach Kenndy is getting a bad rap against him and Ole Miss.

  72. Jay Stokes Says:

    gasp! “me” i am terribly sorry! i suppose it was definitely a stereotype on my part to think you would be a guy being that this is a sports blog…..my apologies.

  73. colreb420 Says:

    i cant believe what i am reading on this thread

  74. nwrman Says:

    Where was AKs family?

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