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UCLA compliance reportedly looking into Shabazz Muhammad’s Gucci backpack

Jan 25, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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The UCLA compliance department is taking a look at the Gucci-brand backpack that freshman Shabazz Muhammad wore during postgame interviews, following the Bruins’ win over No. 6 Arizona on Thursday. was the first to report about the inquiry, stemming from a column written by Yahoo!’s Pat Forde that highlighted the fact that Muhammad was wearing the bag. Muhammad opted to wear the bag instead of the standard UCLA backpack issued by the team.

“Our compliance is handling it,” coach Ben Howland told ESPN. “They’re very professional and we’re aware of the situation.”

Muhammad’s sister, Asia, attempted to clear up the situation via Twitter, saying the backpack was a gift from her and Muhammad’s mother, even offering to present a receipt as proof.

Muhammad was in the news earlier this season as the NCAA held him out of UCLA’s first three games as it investigated allegations that he took impermissible benefits during his recruitment. He was ordered to repay $1,600 at the conclusion of the investigation.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. bat42boy - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    It’s time the NCCA lay off this kid and let him play ball. Who cares what bag he was using? That’s totally idiotic!!

  2. halohonk - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Ncaa a making billions of $ pimping these young kids and they are hassling this kid over a gucci backpack. When is all this nonsense going to stop? Just give these kids some money so they can survive. The backpack was probably fake anyway.

  3. dalucks - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    This would not be an issue if the NCAA allowed all the BCS conference schools who have million dollars TV deals to pay the revenue generating athletes (Football and basketball) 20k each. Each team who makes the NCAA basketball tournament should get 250k to distribute to the players. Who is getting all the CBS money? Only the non-revenue athletes are amateurs. However, there is still money to pay them 5k per year plus the scholarship. Are you really an amateur when you generate revenue and profits? How come the coaches and athletic directors get paid since they are working in an amateur business?
    The NCAA sounds more like slavery when you think about it.

    • florida727 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      If an athlete can get $20K, what do you pay the biomechanical engineering student? How about the pre-med major? You want to get paid? Be good enough at your sport to sign a pro contract. You’re getting a six-figure education for FREE. That’s not enough?

  4. glink123 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    The $2300 backpack is supposedly a gift from his 21 year old sister, who is apparently a professional tennis player. Riiight. She’s currently ranked 408th, and turned pro in 2007. She’s earned a total of $87,770 over that 5 year span, for a whopping average annual income of around $17,000. So she drops $2300 of that massive pile of cash on a designer Gucci backpack for her kid brother? Cool story, bro. Sounds Legit.

    • icewalker946 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      She must have some kickin’ endorsement deals!

  5. hardballtalkusername - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    The most important thing I learned from this article is the rising prices of backpacks.

  6. zurnvs - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I’m sure his sisters income may also come from some type of sponsors? Have no idea what his mom does for a living. Sister said they split the cost. Has receipt. Move along nothing to see here.

    • jimbo75025 - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Yes, something big to see here. Kids family could not even pay own travel expenses for official visits and got benched at the beginning of the season, yet he always has prominent ice in his ears. Now he shows up wearing a 2 grand backpack? Let me repeat that, backpack. I had one of those in college also-it was an Eastpak and cost $30, not a Gucci. UCLA was a fool to get into bed with this on year wonder and better hope he is not the gift that keeps on giving in terms of NCAA issues.

  7. omniusprime - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    I certainly hope that Shabazz’s sister and mom bought that Gucci bag. So stupid to even think of raising suspicions by wearing that Gucci bag instead of the standard Bruins bag. I hope he gets cleared and remembers to be more careful about raising suspicion.

    Go Bruins!!!

  8. joneildu - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Sister plays pro tennis and has sponsorships, uncle played 10 seasons in the NFL, both parents are college grads. Neither of the kids had to pay a dime for college. His family isn’t poor.

  9. BigBeachBall - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Whats more embarrassing… Being an NCAA nark… Or people knowing that u own something from a gay brand?

  10. jcmeyer10 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The NCAA is a joke but all this kid has to do is wait one more year to flash all the cash he wants.

  11. seanb20124 - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    And people wonder how athletes go broke!

  12. pike573 - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    How do we know it wasn’t last years style so they got it on sale? And more than that what’s with the negative assumptions? Seems a bit racist to me…

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