Kentucky Wildcats Fire Usher Who Flipped Bird To Gators And Everyone Wants Him Rehired

Kentucky Wildcats John Calipari

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The Kentucky Wildcats (16-7) hosted the Florida Gators (13-10) over the weekend in a heated SEC matchup.

Kentucky ultimately came out on top, beating the Gators 72-67 even though the Wildcats were outscored 45-39 in the second half.

One of Kentucky’s ‘Blue Coats’, an usher wearing a blue coat, went viral after footage showed him flipping the bird / giving the middle finger to the Florida Gators. Doug the Blue Coat from Kentucky makes an appearance here 8-seconds into the clip:

Come Monday, it came to light that the Kentucky Wildcats relieved Doug the Blue Coat of his duties as an usher. It is a revered position in Lexington. Doug clearly wore that Blue Coat with pride.

Doug the Blue Coat called into Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) and told the world the Kentucky Wildcats didn’t want him representing the school as an usher any longer:

Doug has been a UK Blue Coat for 19 years!

There is already a grassroots campaign to get Doug the Blue Coat his job back.

The hashtag #FreeDoug has started picking up steam on Twitter thanks to tweets like this one:

It’s a rivalry! Nobody should lose their job in sports for getting a little heated during a rivalry.

Free Doug!

It seems unlikely the Kentuck Wildcats will reverse this decision. They made it quickly. Likewise, the public outcry has been swift which means it will die down quickly as well.

That is unless the public gets LOUD to #SaveDoug.