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Dick Vitale kisses Ashley Judd on the lips – and heads explode

Ashley Judd and Dick Vitale got quite close before the Kentucky-Arkansas championship game on Saturday.
Ashley Judd and Dick Vitale got quite close before the Kentucky-Arkansas championship game on Saturday. Twitter

We all know that Ashley Judd can be a little crazed about her beloved Kentucky basketball team. But what happened to her on Sunday? We have no words.

Judd was in Nashville to watch the Wildcats take on – and beat – Arkansas in the SEC title game. ESPN sports commentator Dick Vitale was there, too.

Apparently the two met before the game and, well, spit was exchanged.

One of the kisses appeared to be a platonic, daughter-father kind of peck on the cheek.

 

A photo posted by Dick Vitale (@dickiev_espn) on

But the other? Judging from Judd’s awkward body language, the full-on lip smacker from the 75-year-old professional mouth was quite unexpected.

Twitter was creeped out.

Chicago-Tribune sports reporter Shannon Ryand was more than just creeped out. She calls Vitale on the carpet today in a commentary called “Dick Vitale kissing Ashley Judd no laughing matter.”

“This isn’t something we should so casually laugh off. Why do we think it's cute, let alone acceptable, when old men are physically or verbally inappropriate with women, especially younger women?” Ryand writes.

“This is wildly unprofessional for a broadcaster, but we’ll leave that argument alone as it’s well known that any virtues of journalistic objectivity by Vitale have long been shed for his ‘awesome, baby’ schtick. This is an instance of a man – because of his age, because of his stature, because of his gender – displaying ownership over a woman’s body.”

No word from Judd, who tweeted this on Sunday: “I think both @DickieV & I are feeling the crazy joy of @marchmadness & the greatness of this KY team.”

The link to the tweet, however, appears broken today.

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