May 19, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT
Russ Smith shipped his game-worn 2013 National Title jersey, which was framed and presented to him on senior night, to his father in Brooklyn. Due to a mishap on the FedEx’s part, that jersey is gone, possibly for good.
This occurred several weeks ago, gaining national attention once Smith voiced his frustrations in a string of tweets to his more than 36,000 Twitter followers. Smith was at the NBA Draft Combine last week, and is still in the process of conducting individual workouts as he gears up for next month’s draft. In the meantime, his father has continued to pursue the lost uniform, hiring lawyers, according to Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.
“I’m so disappointed,” Russ Smith Sr. told the Courier-Journal. “I feel so bad for my son. I said, ‘You worked hard for this. And for it to just be thrown away, I can’t let that happen.’ I had to step up to the plate and get something done.”
Jonathan Blue, a member of the U of L Board of Trustees, has offered a $3,000 reward for anyone who can find and bring him the lost jersey.
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