Posted November 13, 2012

UCLA wing Shabazz Muhammad’s family criticizes NCAA in statement

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Currently ineligible UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad’s family refuted the NCAA’s ruling that he violated amateurism rules. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Four days after the NCAA ruled UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad ineligible to play in Friday’s season opener, Muhammad’s family released a statement questioning the decision to the Los Angeles Times:

“Shabazz’s family is very distressed by the NCAA’s recent decision and the manner in which it was announced. Shabazz and his family have been cooperating with the NCAA for well over a year. Earlier this year, the NCAA asked Shabazz and his family not to reveal to each other or to the press facts related to the NCAA investigation. Despite the many untrue rumors which were circulating on the Internet, Shabazz and his family dutifully did what they were told. In order to entice Shabazz’s family and others to cooperate, the NCAA repeatedly gave assurances that it would keep details of the investigation strictly confidential. As recently as November 2012, the NCAA promised that it would not issue a Press Release.”

The statement goes on to call the NCAA’s press release “wrong” and refute the facts it presented in its investigation. The NCAA determined that Muhammad had violated its amateurism rules by accepting travel and lodging for unofficial recruiting visits from financial advisors, but Muhammad’s family claims that the advisors received NCAA approval before making the payments.

UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said Friday that the school plans to appeal the ruling on the small forward, who is considered one of the top prospects in his recruiting class.


9 comments
VideoPgh
VideoPgh

Everyone knows the NCAA just makes things up as they go along.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip like.author.displayName 1 Like

The NCAA (The Dictatorship) needs to be broken up, and an independent institution established.  

texans74
texans74

He is still getting a free education. Be grateful for what has not been taken from you. Once again sports takes priority over a quality education.

JoeZientek
JoeZientek

When you cheat or ignore the rules, you cannot play.  What part do you not understand?

VinsAnity
VinsAnity

 @JoeZientek read the article first then comment will ya?

VinsAnity
VinsAnity

 @JoeZientek family got approval from NCAA so Lincoln paid for his travel/lodge expenses. then NCAA turns around and bite them in the A

VideoPgh
VideoPgh

 @olusegunobasanjo  @VinsAnity  @JoeZientek The school filing to appeal leads me to believe there is more to this then the NCAA's side to the story.  If he outright violated rules, typically a school will distance themselves from the kid faster then you can say "postseason ban"

olusegunobasanjo
olusegunobasanjo

 @VinsAnity  @JoeZientek I highly doubt there was any such approval.  However, I wouldn't be surprised if the advisors claimed that they had prior approval just to induce him to meet.  Despite this, rules are rules and when he violates them he should be ruled ineligible.