Richie Farmer Returns To Rupp To Watch His Son Play In Sweet 16

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 3/21 1:03 am
Richie Farmer returned to the place where he became a basketball legend, Rupp Arena in Lexington.

He was there to watch his son play for Clay County in the Boys' Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament.

The same school he led to a state championship nearly 30-years ago.

His in-person appearance Thursday night almost didn't happen.

Farmer was supposed to be in federal prison in West Virginia, but was allowed by a judge to report a week later so he could watch his son play in the tourney.

Farmer said he wasn't granted the delay to report because of who he is, but that it was a practice that is done on a regular basis for soon-to-be inmates.

After his high school playing days were over, Farmer added to his legend by becoming one of the beloved 'Unforgetables' at the University of Kentucky. 

His jersey number hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena.

He parlayed his basketball success and popularity into two-terms as Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner.

It was during his tenure as ag commissioner that he turned the office into his personal piggy bank, using taxpayer money for his own personal use.

As part of a plea deal, he was sentenced to 27-months in prison.

He is scheduled to report on Tuesday, March 25th. 

Farmer said he went to the game for his son's sake, adding that he didn't want him to be distracted by having his dad in prison.
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