Debunking That Silly Jay Wright Rumor

Kyle Scott - December 5, 2012

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I can't help it that I'm good-looking!

I first heard it about a month ago, from a friend: Hey, a guy I work with who went to Nova says Jay Wright’s wife kicked him out of their house because he knocked up a student. He may step down. SEX SCANDAL. LOL!!! 

I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the gist of it.

Since then, I’ve heard it from several friends, readers, Twitter followers and even some more connected folks, all of whom claim to have a source inside the Villanova Athletic Department or are friends with someone whose brother went to Villanova and goes to all the games and loves Jay Wright but even he said it’s true. 

It sort of reached a tipping point yesterday, when blog posts like this one (which comes with a silly disclaimer that it's a rumor) and this one (which is from Barstool, a site with hundreds of thousands of readers) ran with the story. And, on cue, I got a few emails from people claiming to have a source that said Wright was stepping down today. 

He’s not.

Because the rumors aren’t true.

Jay Wright didn't knock up a freshman soccer player.

Several people close to the program have told me that the rumors are absolutely false. Dick “Hoops” Weiss, a Hall of Fame basketball writer with the NY Daily News who spent over 20 years at the Philadelphia Daily News, who I’d estimate has been a guest on Wright’s radio show dozens of times, denied the rumor on his Twitter last night. And, also on Twitter, the sports editor of the Philadelphia Daily News informed me and Brian Ewart of VUHoops.com, where the rumor has also been shot down, that the paper did their due diligence and believes it to be “completely untrue.” There’s also the inconvenient fact that there is no press conference scheduled and that Wright, nor anyone of importance at Villanova, has indicated that he won’t be the coach today, tomorrow, and for the next five years… or until the next time he loses to La Salle (really, Jay, come on).

Villanova declined comment on the matter. But, it’s worth noting that Wright’s wife, Patty, has been at most games this season (including ones as part of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden, in New York), seated behind the bench, cheering for her husband’s team, as has been the case for nearly every game since Wright started at Villanova, in 2001. 

On VU Hoops, SB Nation's Villanova site, Ewart writes that a search of local court records turned up no divorce cases involving Wright. Also, this:

In discussions with Wright family friends, associates and colleagues, all denied that any part of the stories circulating on the Internet over the past few days was true. Wright and his wife, Patty, are aware of the rumor's existence, but don't feel that acknowledging them publicly would give credence to them and encourage their spread.

 

I’m sorry, Virginia– there is no Jay Wright sex scandal. He just happens to be ridiculously good-looking, and we shouldn’t fault him for that. Some people, though, will continue to believe whatever they want.

28 Comments

  • soundofphilly December 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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  • Wlat Harris December 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    If that freshman soccer player still wants knocked up, I’m available.

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  • Eagles22 December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Who cares he’s over the hill anyway, they’d be better off without him. Temple is gonna stomp on them tonight. Prediction 1-3 in the Big 5 this year. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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  • 3 Finger Lenny December 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I still believe the rumor. J Wright is a POS

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  • Darin December 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Villanova used to give out manual “facebooks” which had pictures of all incoming freshmen. I have access to them all. I tried looking up “Kyle Scott”. NOT FOUND in any of them. Either you were a transferee did not go there at all.

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  • RollieFingersWingMan December 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    @Eagles22: Coming from someone with the user name Eagles22. Now that is hilarious.

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  • Jim Washburn December 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    If Janice Wright had any kind of stones, he’d be hitting that freshman soccer player 5 ways to Sunday. Real men like them young and impressionable. Just ask Roger Clemens. Me, him and Jason Babin love to all go hunting. We sleep naked in the same tent because that’s what men do.

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  • Candy from the Oak December 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    It’s true, there’s probably a bloody “we love out customers” hanger in the bushes On campus

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  • Bunk Moreland December 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Pete from chicke & Pete’s also did the same thing from what I hear

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  • Eagles22 December 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Don’t understand your point, I’m not defending the Eagles, but thanks for reading.

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  • 3 Finger Lenny December 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I observed Jay Wright @ the Starbucks on 13th & walnut accompanied by some hot young asian chick last summer. I knew he was up to no good.

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  • Jay Wright December 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Kyle, stop hiding out in the bushes outside my house and peeping on me or I’m calling the cops.
    Also, I pulled out of that soccer player way early.
    Nova Nation!

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  • Candy from the Oak December 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    The story is true. Anyone who went to college knows to fuck a soccer player freshman year before they get soccer thighs and start wearing addias sandals to bars

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  • matt December 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I couldn’t care less about Wright or Nova but now I think it would be superfunny if this turned out to be true just so we could watch Kyle backpaddle this entire article

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  • Frank Sobotka December 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Phil Martelli would never cheat on his wife!

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  • Candy from the Oak December 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I can’t even seeing bruiser doing it

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  • heskin December 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    All Pennsylvanians should welcome a story about a college coach fucking someone of the opposite sex who is over 18 at this point.

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  • Ziggy Sobotka December 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I can see Ryan Howard cheating on his wife this summer. At least bad influence Shane is off the team, so there is slight hope for nose

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  • Bunk December 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Nose doesn’t seem like the cheating type

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  • Candy from the Oak December 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    It’s a fact black men married to white above average woman cheats. It’s in their genes

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  • Frank December 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My caption for the photo
    Erin: so Jay, how much does Kyle Scott rip off from other blogs
    Jay: This much!

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  • Ron Hipple December 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Jay Wright is down with OPP!
    Yeah u know me

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  • Pele December 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    a better caption would be smell these fingers i’m a busy man

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  • William Visconto December 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Jay wright is a faggot.. He likes boys

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  • Sir Charles December 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    lol nova is turrible

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  • Gyp Rosetti December 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    if you noticed during the Vandy game, he had some nasty welts around his neck… he’s a kinky MF’r

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  • Richard Harrow December 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hrrm. Jay Wright got caught with his pants down… Hrrm cheater like Shane Victorino. Hrrm

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  • BringBackRichards December 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

    That’s really messed up that people would start and perpetuate a rumor like that. People like that need to look in the mirror and wonder what they’re doing with their life.

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