LeBron James’ Agent Rich Paul Under Investigation By the NCAA

by October 11, 2012

Rich Paul recently landed his longtime friend LeBron James as a client, but it’s not all good news for Paul these days — the NCAA is reportedly investigating his relationship with Texas guard Myck Kabongo. From Yahoo! Sports: “The NCAA is looking into the possibility that Rich Paul, the representative of Miami Heat star LeBron James, provided improper benefits to University of Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo, sources said. James and two former Texas Longhorns – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph – are represented by Paul’s new management company, Klutch Sports. Paul also called NBA front offices on behalf of Kabongo before this year’s NBA draft, sources said. ‘We’re aware of the situation,’ Texas basketball media relations official Scott McConnell said. ‘But we have not heard any decisions from the NCAA.’ McConnell declined further comment but confirmed that the NCAA has interviewed Kabongo, and said the Texas compliance department was aware of the issue. ‘At the end of the day, here’s the main thing, it’s no crime to have a relationship with the kid,’ Paul said. ‘Of course, I know Myck through Tristan and Cory. I haven’t been contacted by the NCAA and I wouldn’t put a kid in harm’s way. My time in Cleveland was getting [former University of Kentucky star] Michael Kidd-Gilchrist prepared for the draft. I live in Cleveland. I would never disrespect anybody’s program. I love the game of basketball. I understand the business of basketball, but I’m about doing it the right way.'”