Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 6:31 pm  |  19 responses

Shabazz Muhammad Ruled Ineligible, Family Questions NCAA

A sold-out crowd was in attendance as UCLA played its first game in its new home arena this weekend, but Shabazz Muhammad was sitting on the bench, after being declared ineligible by the NCAA because of violations of amateurism rules hours earlier. After a lengthy investigation, the NCAA noted that, in addition to other pending issues, the former SLAM High School Diarist accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina. It’s unknown how many games Muhammad will miss. UCLA will appeal the decision, and Bazz’s family has sounded off on the NCAA’s decision through the L.A. 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.

“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 Benjamin 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. Shabazz’s family is now faced with the situation where they are concerned that any attempt to tell more of their side of the story will result in further punitive action, as Shabazz is still under the mercy of the NCAA. Shabazz and his family will continue to honestly cooperate with the NCAA in the hopes that Shabazz soon will be allowed to play basketball at UCLA.”

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  • Jeremy

    This is so laughably pathetic… LET THE KIDS PLAY.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    One day I hope all the top prospects decide to stick it to the NCAA and just play over seas and make their money, and develop their game. Would probably be better for basketball on a global scale too.

  • Redd

    I agree, the NCAA is a corrupt greed machine.

  • Redd

    The first #1 Muslim Hoops prospect, turned down. Take it how you want to.



  • Teddy-the-Bear

    F*ck the NCAA in the past, f*ck the NCAA in the present, and f*ck the NCAA in the future. This only makes me root for Shabazz even more–hopefully by this time next year he’ll be making that NBA guap and getting the last laugh. The college game is nothing but a racket anyways. It’s interesting though that the kids get punished while the coaches and their schools who violated these rules are pretty much immune, and will continue to violate the same ridiculous rules with impunity. Things that make you go hmmm…. except not really, because we all know why!

  • Redd

    And nobody is saying it needs to stop, even though it’s clear it’s wrong. The idea that boys who have become legal adults & are essentially working a job, not getting paid is quite clearly modern day slavery. People say it’s the NBA, when really it’s the NCAA.

  • brad09′

    it would be nice if the ncaa got taken to court sometimes. These people are really starting to get out of hand. There power needs to be regulated. Im currently enrolled in a top 20 business school and when we talk about corrupt business design the NCAA is the perfect example

  • philchips

    The ncaa is the complete opposite of corrupt. The kid broke strict rules. What I would like to see is a move away from college programs to professional club teams as they do in europe. Alot of these kids are not interested in education and they are corrupted by money at a young age, club teams would remedy the situation.

  • philchips

    Receiving a $150,000 education is slavery? Better check your.emotions.

  • Redd

    And how often do they actually receive an education? And compare being a top recruit not getting paid with the millions that NCAA makes off top recruits. Better check your emotions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    i respect the religion but i don’t think that’s the issue

  • Sunny

    Reply it doesn’t add up. Think how much the NCAA is making off these kids. Imagine how much they made off of Tim Tebow. I live in N FL, you can’t go anywhere without a Tebow merchandise. I think the athlete side of the equation should be separate from the educational side. Now a days you can go to an expensive school and not get a job and secure future. On the flip side you can give four year to a college football program and blow out you knee now you can’t go to NFL (south Carolina running back earlier this year).

  • Vince

    Should be renamed to “NCAA wants more money”

  • Max

    F*ck you NCAA, just f*ck you.

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  • JackPackage

    Wait, so Stern and the NBA are in league with the NCAA to force young athletes into slave labour to create a more appealing product for college basketball to sell, yet they simultaneously ban one of the more exciting players this season because he broke ridiculous rules… Probably by accident? Prospects should just play overseas, get paid a good amount, get better experience and explore other cultures, get some foreign strange. What’s not to like? Still hope Muhammad is the #1 draft pick of the Seattle Sonics in 2013

  • Cameron

    The NCAA should just either pay the scholarship players a little or just be gone with this ineligible/eligible thing. Grades is another thing, but the NCAA is making money off college athletes like putting their jerseys for sale but without the last name. They should just stop selling any kind of player merchandise.

  • philchips

    Nobody forces them to leave early, nobody forces them to play amateur athletics. Have them go to the d-league then or overseas if they wanna get paid. When all else fails play the race card.