John Calipari has meticulously honed his reputation as a players’ coach.

A recruiting titan, he has rebuilt the blue-blood Kentucky basketball program in his own image, a haven for five-star talent to compete for championships and — more important — to develop as men and NBA prospects.

That’s the message Calipari sells every chance he gets, and every time there’s a camera around, which is on the regular.

He went dramatically off-message Wednesday while talking about a recent player protest of last week’s violence on Capitol Hill.