Richie Farmer returns to Rupp Arena to watch his son play in Sweet 16

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) On Thursday, former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer returned to the place where he became a legend.

Farmer got the chance to watch his son play in the Boys' Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena.

He had to get the start of his prison sentence delayed in order to attend.

We sat down with farmer Thursday afternoon where he talked about his sentence and the final chance to see his son play.

WKYT’s Jordan Vilines has the story:

It’s a basketball bloodline that runs deep.

“I remember when he was just a little guy and we would be watching the state tournament games… and he would say ‘dad wouldn’t it be cool if I could be here one day and play?’” Farmer explained to WYMT’s Steve Hensley Thursday morning.

After years of watching games from the sidelines, Richie Farmer's son, Trey, now gets to be part of the action by playing in the Sweet 16 Tournament for Clay County High School-- the same school Farmer led to a state championship nearly 30 years ago.

“I remember running onto Rupp Arena’s court for the first time and what it felt like. I’m glad that I’ll get the opportunity to see him experience that same thing.”

But the chance to watch his son follow in his footsteps almost didn’t happen.

The former state agricultural commissioner was supposed to report to jail last week to begin his 27 month sentence after pleading guilty for misusing government funds.

“I’m dreading it. There’s no way you can stop thinking about it.”

Before leaving, Farmer wanted to watch his son play for Clay County one final time which is why his attorney requested that Farmer's prison report date be pushed back one week. That request was granted.

“I’m going to try to enjoy this experience at Rupp Arena with Trey and then try to deal with the rest as it comes.”

Richie Farmer will report to prison in West Virginia on Tuesday, March 25th.

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