Lute calls Parkinson’s rumor ‘a lie’by Steve Rivera on Feb. 27, 2007, under Special, Sports
Lute Olson denied today he has Parkinson’s disease.
The University of Arizona basketball coach, 72, addressed the issue at his weekly press conference after rumors around town have speculated he had the disease, which is often indicated by head and hand tremors.
“It’s a complete lie,” Olson said. “I have physicals like everyone else does. There is absolutely no medical indication of a problem of that type.
“It’s a vicious rumor that gets passed on. It’s totally false. If need be, I can get my doctor to indicate that it’s totally false.”
Olson said he decided to address the rumors for several reasons: A television station began to work on a story two weeks ago, a sports talk radio caller mentioned it and a fan came up to him today and asked him about it.
Plus, “This is the kind of thing you get from people you are recruiting against,” Olson said.
“If the rumor is going around here, it’s certainly going to be passed around (the nation),” Olson said.
“I’m healthy. When you get nervous, you start to shaking a little. But most people my age do (shake).”