Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 2:46 pm  |  14 responses

NCAA Suspends Myck Kabongo for the Entire Season

The NCAA continues bullying its student athletes—yes, the ones that generate all the revenue for them and the NCAA continuously refuses to compensate—and this time the victim is Texas point guard Myck Kabongo. #FreeKabongo From Yahoo! Sports: “Texas guard Myck Kabongo will be suspended by the NCAA for the rest of the season, Yahoo! Sports has learned. As the NCAA investigated Kabongo’s amateur status over the past several months, Texas held Kabongo out of the lineup. The NCAA’s investigation has centered around whether Kabongo, a one-time potential NBA first-round draft pick, received impermissible benefits from agent Rich Paul, who represents NBA superstar LeBron James and two former Texas Longhorns players: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph. In most impermissible benefits situations, players usually are suspended from three to 10 games and ordered to repay the amount of the benefits received. In this case, the penalty was made more severe because Kabongo provided inaccurate information to NCAA investigators when he was interviewed, sources with ties to Texas’ basketball program said. The season-long ban is consistent with the penalty applied to former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant in 2009 when he lied to the NCAA. The loss of Kabongo is a major blow to an inexperienced Texas team that already has been struggling without its best player. The Longhorns are 6-4, including a shocking loss to NAIA Chaminade in the Maui Invitational last month. Kabongo averaged 9.6 points and team highs of 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals last season. As Y! Sports reported previously, one element of the probe centered on whether Paul played a role in Kabongo traveling to Cleveland last spring on a trip that included at least one workout with New York-based professional trainer, Jerry Powell. At issue was who paid for Kabongo’s travel and expenses, and whether Powell’s training was provided without cost.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    NCAA is always on some bullsh!t

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    So he’s basically being suspended for the year because his plane ticket may have been covered when he flew out to workout with his long time friend Tristan Thompson and because he may have had a workout with a personal trainer covered by a source that cannot be confirmed and gave inaccurate information about it?
    Yet Lance Thomas, while in his championship senior year at Duke somehow walks into a Manhattan boutique jeweler with a $30 000 deposit and walks out with a black diamond neckless, a diamond-encrusted watch, a diamond cross, diamond earrings and a black diamond Jesus piece along with a 15 day store line of credit to cover the remaining balance of over $68 000. Yet the NCAA doesn’t notice this? Seems like they’re selective in which schools, coaches, and athletes they choose to investigate.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Maaan f*ck the NCAA

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    NCAA can go eat sh!t. F*ck them.

  • TBRK

    massa’s tryna keep the slaves from reading….heard this news break last night while watching them play UNC….never felt that sad over NCAA suspension. This is too much man, somebody has to do something about all of this nonsense. These crooked….individuals, are literally SPYING on these kids. The NCAA literally has a task force SPYING on these kids, there purchases, their conversations, EVERYTHING….who is doing all of the whistleblowing????? this stuff right here makes me scared

  • TBRK

    we gotta realize first and foremost that these are kids, who have come to these universities striving towards a future (which you wish could be said for the entire student body at some of these universities). Basketball is their vocation! Basketball is their major! We can have kids major in music, major in dance, major in art, and receive stipends for their work and performance…fly all over the country, and the world for that matter, and we couldn’t care less about their ‘amateur status’. We got high schoolers in swimming and gymnastics on the cover of Wheaties after the London Olympics (and you better believe their families aren’t coming out of pocket for travel expenses), becoming little America’s sweethearts, meeting the president….who mentions anything about their ‘amateur status’…..this is sickening and its blatantly about sustaining an institution, a power structure to repress the freedom of future for young, black males of underpriviledge upbringing. And don’t sit here and read this and hit me with the whole ‘reverse racism’ crap, or sit here naming me other kids from rough circumstances who “did it the right way”…you know why that doesn’t FLY??? because every transaction, purchase, travel, and personal connection of theirs was being monitored by these gestapos!!!!!!…

  • TBRK

    my last comment got deleted!!!….SLAM???

  • Max

    The NCAA is sad..

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Why I don’t follow NCAA anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Redonc. The NCAA is a joke. Let the man play.

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • robb

    Well said. These kids only want to get the best for them and their families and these people want to make them look like criminals.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    beautifully said

  • shockexchange

    What benefits did Mayland and Rutger receive for leaving the Big East or Texas for leaving the Big 12? The NCAA is complete joke.