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Shabazz Muhammad’s family releases a statement

Nov 13, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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On Friday, the NCAA announced that star UCLA recruit Shabazz Muhammad was ineligible to play, but they didn’t really elaborate beyond that.

How long is he out? Can he ever play in college? When will an official announcement be made? No one knows.

What we do know, however is how the Muhammad family feels about it. They released a statement to the LA Times this afternoon saying, more or less, we didn’t do anything wrong, and what we did do wrong, the NCAA had already ok’d.

The full statement can be read here, but I’ll pull the important quote:

Last Friday, the NCAA released a Press Release which not only was wrong in its conclusions but which also inaccurately portrayed the investigation process in this case. For over a year, the NCAA has known all of the relevant facts related to its ruling last Friday. Prior to the unofficial visits in question, Ron Holmes and Ben Lincoln received approval from NCAA (through its member universities) for Mr. Lincoln (who has had a continuous close friendship with Shabazz’s family since 2007) to pay for airline tickets and hotel rooms. In 2010, Mr. Holmes openly and honestly revealed to the NCAA the source of the payments on the NCAA’s compliance form.

I almost feel bad for Shabazz at this point. He did what he did, but the NCAA owes him an answer. The season has started. UCLA has already played a game. The NCAA needs to tell him what his punishment will be.

Enough with the nonsense already. If anyone in any other profession hit deadlines at the same rate as the NCAA, they wouldn’t be working in that profession anymore.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. gatordontplay - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Let him play

  2. jimbo75025 - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    While I know little about this case, my understanding is that this is about two trips from Vegas to the East Coast and hotel rooms for two nights. By my math, that would come out to somewhere to around $1000.

    Now the family may be poor (I do not know), but this is not a huge amount of money considering they would have known that he would have to make these trips and could have planned accordingly.

    In addition, if money was such an issue for this young man, why does he have some rather large ice protruding from his ears in every photo I see of him? If he/the family can afford diamonds for an 18 year old kid, they could certainly have afforded the trips. If they could not afford the diamonds, then the question also becomes, where did those come from.

    Common sense-I think so.

    • pacific123ocean - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Slow down…I think we all need to refrain from making any judgements, because we don’t know all the facts.

      • jimbo75025 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        I am not making any judgements, I am simply asking a logical question. If the family is so destitute that they cannot spring for a grand to pay for a few trips they have known were coming for years and have to bring in an outside party to spring for the bill, then who paid for the prominent diamonds?

        I am by no means trained in investigations, but I know the difference between someone peeing on my head and rain. If the kid cannot afford a grand for a few visits, then how can he sport so much ice?

  3. raider2124 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    The obvious answer in the statement “i’s didn’t do nuffins.”. family is as guilty as they come, always with there handout.

  4. bcjim - Nov 14, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    I’d suspend the family from naming any more children.

  5. dexterismyhero - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Maybe he paid for a bumper sticker and is now a booster!

    I would think 2 trips from Vegas to the east coast with 2 nights in a hotel would cost more than $1,000 also.

    But yeah, where did the “Ice” come from?

    • therealtjcrawford - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Probaly not ice. Probably cubic zirconia.

  6. therealtjcrawford - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Probably not ice. Probably cubic zirconia.

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