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Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:28 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 7:05 am

By Jeff Goodman

Ryan Boatright was cleared by the NCAA yesterday -- for the second time. 

Boatright and his mother received more than $8,000 in impermissible benefits prior to and after he enrolled at UConn from an least two individuals linked to nonscholastic basketball and professional sports. 

The NCAA posted specific information on its website yesterday, including the reasons why Boatright was granted limited immunity by the NCAA's Committee of Infractions. 

His lawyer, Scott Tompsett, just sent an email to numerous media members concerning the information that the NCAA publicly released in reference to Boatright. 

"I am astounded that the NCAA released confidential information about Ryan’s case. Ryan and his mother Tanesha cooperated fully with the NCAA with the clear understanding that the information they provided would be kept confidential and would not be released to the public. The NCAA has violated the Boatrights’ privacy by releasing their personal information.

Moreover, the NCAA’s statement contains false and misleading information. For example, the statement implies that the benefits in question were provided to influence Ryan’s decision either to attend UConn or choose an agent, if and when he goes pro. That is false and the NCAA knows it. In fact, the two individuals who provided the benefits are friends of the Boatrights. They were simply helping the family with no expectation of repayment or reciprocation. And there’s not a shred of evidence that they influenced Ryan’s decision to attend UConn or that they intend to represent Ryan if he ever goes pro. The public also should know that the NCAA never told Tanesha and Ryan who made the accusations about them or told them the substance of the accusations so they could defend themselves. Further, contrary to the NCAA’s statement, neither Tanesha nor Ryan received a car from anyone.

Until the NCAA released its statement, the Boatrights considered this matter closed. But the NCAA’s improper release of private and false information has caused the Boatrights to consider their legal options."

Scott W. Tompsett, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP

UPDATE: The NCAA has responded to Tompsett's allegations with a statement of its own. Here goes:

<tt>"Scott Tompsett’s allegations are not accurate. The NCAA statement regarding Ryan Boatright is factual and in response to numerous public misstatements and the resulting inaccurate reporting by some media. The NCAA acted appropriately to ensure the misleading accounts did not continue. The NCAA did not violate the student-athlete or family’s privacy in anyway, nor did it imply that the benefits were used to influence Ryan Boatright to attend the University of Connecticut.

"In fact, both UCONN and Mr. Boatright should be commended for their cooperation throughout the process to gather information. The school and student-athlete’s dedication to uncover the facts should be viewed as a positive example, not somehow construed negatively. Had Ms. Boatright cooperated fully from the beginning, this matter could have been settled months ago"</tt>


Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:22 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

I just found this Izzo comment funny. 

Izzo has only played Calipari once in his career (lost in the 2008 NCAA Tournament) & Calhoun twice (Won the 2009 Final Four game & lost the 2009-10 Maui Invitational semifinal game). Isn't it nice to know facts before you go running your mouth?  

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:10 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

To quote Matt Jones on the KSR site tonight:

" Last year, the NCAA declared Enes Kanter permanantly ineligible for accepting cash as a teenager while playing for a Turkish club team. Kanter was not given the option of paying back the amount he received and serve a suspension, like the NCAA typically allows, but instead was permanantly banned from playing college basketball. The NCAA maintained that Kanter couldn’t pay back the money or sit out games because the money came from a professional team. As long as the dollar amount is $1 or more in excess of what the NCAA determines as living expenses, a <del datetime="2012-01-29T21:34:21+00:00">student-athlete</del> basketball player is ruled permanantly ineligible <del datetime="2012-01-29T21:34:21+00:00">if he plays for Kentucky </del>according to NCAA bylaws.

In summary, it was determined by the NCAA that the <del datetime="2012-01-29T21:34:21+00:00">student-athlete</del> basketball player accepted $8,000 and a car from at least two individuals linked to professional sports. Boatright, unlike Kanter, was cleared to play because of limited immunity, an important “yet selectively used” tool to prevent Boatright from missing a significant number of games so that he can repay the impermissable benefits that he received. How nice of those fine folks at the NCAA to “selectively” (as they claim) allow Boatright to play at UConn, but not Enes Kanter to play at Kentucky.

Perhaps this calls for another visit by Drew Franklin to the NCAA headquarters to receive further clarification on the selectively used tools to allow athletes to become eligible at UConn and other schools, but not at Kentucky."

I could not agree more.........very well said Matt.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:29 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

The NCAA as an institution is losing control and will not have any power within five years. In fact they are afraid of their own shadows and make rulings so as not to upset the more powerful institutions that actually run collegiate athletics, which is shameful. Look, I am all for preserving my own job, but at some point the NCAA will need to take a stand and try to improve collegiate sports instead of wreck it.

The handler's, the posse's, the family friend's, the minister's, the parent's are all after the american dream of exploiting the weak and those that lack knowledge, so that each can stake a claim in something that isn't theirs to begin with. The kids need help and the NCAA and its member institutions are failing them greatly. As a suggestion, I would proffer the following as a way to curtail the exploitation business. The suggestion is quite simple. First, when a student athlete receives his or her first college scholarship offer, his or her high school curriculum immediately changes and the student athlete must immediately enroll in compliance and ethics classes explaining what is permissible and what is not with respect to recruiting. 

In addition, the student athlete should be assigned a mentor from the NCAA office to have weekly telephone calls to discuss questions and provide guidance with each athlete. Once the student athlete successfully completes the classroom study and goes through the NCAA required mentoring program, they will be required to sign a contract with the NCAA which inter alia, states that the student athlete can and will be held financially responsible for any breach of contract and will be immediately dismissed from participating in their respective sport should a violation be uncovered.

Also, criminal charges will follow against any athlete or family that receives improper benefits, if they are not claimed on the individual's yearly income tax return. Tax evasion is one area that gets overlooked so often when stories of improper benefits are received. Did Cam Newton's father pay taxes on the money he received? Did Jerry Sandusky receive money from PSU as a tenured professor, while at the same time holding clinics and pushing kids to PSU. Was he acting as an extra recruiter for PSU which is against NCAA rules? The NCAA needs to pull the string on PSU for that miscue. The IRS needs to pull the string on all of these other instances of improper benefits. There is much more and the NCAA is so far behind and let this entire situation snowball out of control, that a complete upheaval must occur in order to regain balance. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:22 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

I have known a great many lawyers in my life. They are fine, upstanding people. Except whenever they release a statement to the public it is invariably misleading (precisely why they need to release the statement) and deviates from the truth. To a lawyer a statement is ok if it is technically factual. In this case the NCAA states that Boatright's mother received car payments. The lawyer says they did not receive a car from anyone. Technically this may be correct - only the car payments were received. Mr. Tompsett has all the makings of a successful lawyer. But this is a case he lost. End of story? Maybe or maybe where there is more smoke there is more fire. The point of the lawyer's statement is to deflect attention and approbation from the Boatrights. Is there more uncovered that needs deflection?

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:33 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

Tell someone at CBS that when you quote a multi-paragraph statement, you put quote marks at the start of each paragraph.  You learn that in junior high.  I was way into the 2nd paragraph of the lawyer's statement (one of the paragraph's with no quote marks), when I realized this was not CBS analysis, but the lawyer's statement.  Good grief.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:25 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

Does anybody actually think this does not go on in every program?  This kid already had an entourage in the 7th grade led by his mom, his AAU coach(D. Rose brother), and probably this lawyer.  When they find a kid with talent they all come out of the cracks to try and get theirs. This poor kid is no different.  They should go after his handlers, the people who were supposed to be looking out for his best interest not their own!  He was a god at Aurora East HS...but he wasstill just a kid...some "adult" made those decisions for him and now he is paying the consequences.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:35 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

Calhoun and Calipari don't have to cheat when they play Izzo.  He simply gets out coached!

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:28 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

He's not.

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:24 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

In what way is Jim Calhoun involved in this?

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:11 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

I know what the lawyer is trying to do.  The other article () said that they got help with car payments.  So technically, this lawyer's statement is misleading or outright false.

Having said that, it does get old seeing the NCAA give someone the OK, then recieve more "info" on said person only to suspend (or make the schools suspend) a player that was previously cleared.

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