Former Miami hoops player scolds NCAA over inconsistent punishments
Dequan Jones had a portion of his college basketball career cut off because the NCAA was unable to handle its investigation in as quick a manner as it did with Johnny Manziel. So Jones called out the NCAA for it.
Spouting from the confines and comforts of his Twitter account, former Miami basketball player Dequan Jones unloaded on the NCAA this week. In the wake of Johnny Manziel's single-half punishment for an obscure rule -- which came less than a month after reports indicated Manziel profited off signing hundreds of memorabilia items -- Jones let it be known that the NCAA's slow lurch toward reviewing his case/punishing him was a case of selective hastened enforcement.
Further context after we get to his social media miniscreed.
Hey @ncaa , y'all are a joke. I'm Dequan Jones and I approved this message.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
My ruling wasn't expedited.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
It's laughable. It really it though. @ncaa— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
Wrong sport and the wrong conference I guess.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
Compromise the integrity of amateurism in collegiate athletics for the sake of revenue. Sounds like the @ncaa I know.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
Jones missed the first third of the 2011-12 season while the NCAA investigated his role in the Miami saga (that mostly involved alleged nefarious activity in college football thanks to one party-happy booster). Former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo Sports in 2011 that Jones was courted to the basketball program with a tag price of $10,000. No second-source evidence of this was uncovered by the NCAA, and so Jones eventually was allowed back in uniform.
Jones -- who now plays for the Orlando Magic -- returned to Miami in December of 2011 to finish out his career. He averaged less than six points and four rebounds, but the criticism he lays out has some merit. The NCAA picks and chooses which cases follow certain guidelines and timelines. The University of Miami is still waiting for a verdict to come from the NCAA -- more than two years after the case was blown wide open publicly.
(H/T, Sporting News)
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