Bud Mackey Speaks Out About Drug Arrest

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

This was supposed to be the end of his senior year in high school and the start of a promising college basketball career. Instead former Scott County High School star Bud Mackey is in jail for violating his bond after his arrest last year on drug charges.

The one time high school basketball star says he still plays ball, but these days the hoops are within the walls of the Scott County Detention Center. Now he can only wish he had done things differently.

"I was great...I was on top of the world," he says.

Mackey went from the basketball court to a jail cell. The one time Sweet 16 MVP of Scott County High School had a full scholarship to play at Indiana University. Many said the talented ball player had a bright future ahead, until he called the wrong shot.

"I was in the principals office and I got caught with cocaine in my shoe", says Mackey. "Times got hard, my mom needed a lot of help and I was the only man around the house. I have two younger brothers and I was a father figure to them. Her paycheck all went to rent. I just wanted to help and I made the worst decision of my life".

A decision that cost him his glory. He got kicked off of the team and the scholarship offer to Indiana University was taken away.

"Here I am with all the ball talent in the world and I'm sitting in the Scott County Detention Center, letting it all go to waste."

Mackey is back in jail for violating his bond after dropping out of school in Cincinnati, where he was staying with his grandmother. But he says he's not giving up his dream of playing college basketball.

"I would do anything to go back to them days. Everyone deserves a second chance...I would love to play for UK, close to home, where my family can come see me play."

Mackey says he's ready to put this behind him.

"I know I let so many people down, it hurts me so bad and I know I disappointed everyone. I just want to apologize to the community of Scott County."

Mackey says he's working on getting his G.E.D. in jail and hopes other young kids can learn from his experience.

He is expected back in court on June 3rd.


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  • by milk Location: kentucjy on Sep 17, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    It's sad but true this young man abused his oppertunity at getting a better chance a a better life now! I don't know him but to all the people who post good or negative remarks only add fuel to the fire in thus young man life. It's still a person who for whatever his reason messed up a good oppertunity we all should hope he gets it now and working in getting another one. This is America !
  • by Spike has Spoken on May 20, 2008 at 04:30 PM
    so we can all rest peacefully. For a college educated person, you can't spell worth a darn SPIKE. Everything doesn't have to be compared to sports either. Life for me doesn't come in quarters, innings or periods. It comes to me as a test and something to cherish; not as a game. Too many wrongs are impossible to right in the eyes of our judicial system and the common citizen. Your comparison falls on deaf ears SPIKE. The people you named were on a golden path with everything in their favor as well; they screwed up but because they are athletes or involved in athletics, they get the benefit of the doubt. The average person DOES NOT which is the reason for the comments on this site about Bud. Athletes and the Hollywood type get all the breaks, the average Joe doesn't. Do you understand now where everyone is coming from?
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on May 20, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    BILLY G,EDDIE SUTTON,HUGGINS,TONY LARUSSA,LAWRENCE TAYLOR,RICKY WILLIAMS,ETC.WHO ARE ADULTS ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF MULTIPLE CHANCES,SHOULDN'T WE RETURN THE FAVOR.LET ME MAKE MYSELF PERFECTLY CLEAR AND I AM DONE WITH THIS MATTER.COLOR DOESN'T MATTER AND BEIN A ATHLETE DOESN'T MATTER.WHAT MATTERS TO ME THE MOST IS THIS IS A KID,A BABY TO ALL OF THE ABOVE AND PROBABLY TO MOST OF YOU HATERS.ALL OF THE ABOVE INDIVIDUALLS COULD'VE KILLED WITH THEIR POOR CHOICES AND THEY PREVAILED HANDSOMELY.I AM JUST SUPPORTING A KID,WHICH IS WORTH ALL THE CHANCES IN THE WORLD.SO MANY OF YOU HAVE CRUSHED THIS KID'S SPIRIT,IT DOES ME GOOD TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE SO MUCH GREATER THAN YOU AND I IS GONNA RESCUE THIS KID.ALL OF YOUR FIRE IS GONNA BRING GOLD.I HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT BUD IS GONNA RIGHT THIS WRONG.MISTAKES AREN'T RUBBED IN BUT RUBBED OUT.WE SHOULDN'T WRIET PEOPLE OFF BUT GO AFTER THEM.LIFE IS LIKE A SCOREBOARD WITH 4 QUARTERS.THIS IS NOT BUD'S LAST QUARTER.ALL OF YOUR QUARTERS HAVN'T BEEN AMENS.
  • by Note to Georgetown of Georgetown on May 20, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    Don't need to know him. They found cocaine in his shoe so that tells me all I need to know. He violated the terms of his probation so that tells me all I need to know. Thug mentality, spoiled athlete attitude, I'm sorry they caught me confession. Same story, different person. The results are so typical it laughable.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on May 20, 2008 at 03:10 AM
    Well said, Jill from Irvine. Lots of folks say how much smarter and well informed teens are today compared to years past. I think this case among many many more should put that lie to rest.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on May 19, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    Some are pitying him because he made a "jail-house confession" and admits he was wrong and that he has so many dreams he would like to achieve. However, I also remember many other jail-house confessions of people who admit they were wrong when they murder people, and we don't pity them do we? I'm not saying he killed someone, but he easily could have with what he did. Admitting you're wrong AFTER you're caught doesn't get you any pity points from most people, because you're not truly sorry for what you did...just that you got caught doing it. In this kid's case, he was given a second chance, and because he obviously didn't really care about his potential basketball career (or high school diploma), he blew that chance too. So, I say it's time to stand up like a man before the court, plead guilty to what you did (no matter what a scumbag lawyer tells you) and accept whatever punishment the court dishes out. To do that would gain you respect, anything else is not respectable.
  • by Georgetown Location: Georgetown on May 19, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    Do you know him? All of these bad comments would not be here if you did, but since you don't, well I guess it stands to reason.
  • by Jill Location: Irvine on May 19, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    Why does everything become racial? This kid messed up, that’s the fact. It happens everyday!!!! My niece was on Heroin for Years, in and out of rehabs for a long time. She finally was facing Jail Time, and this woke her up! It was not on the news, or in the papers. It does not matter to me about a person skin. A crime is a crime! I hope this kid will get it together. What a shame he wasted his chance at something Great! As far as Marks comments, I was raised VERY POOR! We had very little. I started working at 13 to help buy my clothes. We worked in Tobacco, and what ever else we could find. What in the world does poverty have to do with this issue?? Being Black and Poor in America is the same as being White and Poor. I work for what I have; no one gave me any breaks!!
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    if he had been caught doing steroids would society forgive, as so many others in sports,suspend him dont give a check for 2 games that seems the right,why is everybody so hard on this kid with ball practice were did he find time for a job he got to be good from practicing, as for helping out when we were growing up food, rent,and gas was not like now ever hear of cost of living, raises ever day......
  • by This is for SPIKE LEE on May 19, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    How many chances do you want to give this kid? Let's give him enough chances until his actions kill someone or even himself? He's had the chances and he blew it. He knows he has talent by his comment "Here I am with all the ball talent in the world and I'm sitting in the Scott County Detention Center, letting it all go to waste." He knew that BEFORE he made MORE THAN ONE bad decision. The only time I see comments from you is when it involves an athlete, whether they have done good or bad. There are other people in this world besides gifted and coddled athletes. PUt your efforts to those who TRY to, or DO good things; not those who are constantly getting into trouble even after getting second and third chances. No, this is not a black or white thing; it is a responsibility issue. Be responsible BEFORE you even think of doing something stupid or illegal so you won't have to TAKE responsibility for a stupid action. Hard to forgive blown chance after chance after chance....

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