Additional information has been reported concerning the discovery of information leading to Kansas State University’s decision to hold out Jamar Samuels, Kansas State University’s second-leading scorer on the men’s basketball team, in a recent NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament contest. Kansas State declared Samuels ineligible on Saturday, March 17, 2012, prior to the team’s contest against Syracuse University. Kansas State lost the contest.
According to media reports, Curtis Malone, the founder of DC Assault (which is an AAU organization) acknowledged sending money to Samuels before the NCAA tournament. However, Malone claimed the money was not an impermissible benefit because he had a pre-existing relationship with Samuels and the student-athlete’s mother. NCAA rules contain several prohibitions on the receipt of impermissible benefits. [Click here for a prior post summarizing some of the NCAA provisions on this issue.]
In an interesting twist to this story, Kellis Robinett of The Kansas City Star reported Samuels’ situation was discovered by someone finding “a receipt for a wire transfer at a Dillons grocery store two weeks ago”. According to Robinett, Kansas State director of athletics John Currie claimed “an unidentified person found the receipt and turned it over to K-State on March 16, the day before the game. Currie informed the media the receipt “was found, basically, it was found just on the floor, in the trash at the grocery store and it was brought to the compliance office. I promise you, I wish it would have stayed in the trash.”
Robinett opined “It is unlikely the receipt was found by accident. The only trash can on the customer’s side of the wire transfer booth where the transaction occurred was covered with a round lid. Unless the receipt wasn’t fully inserted into the receptacle, someone would have had to remove the lid to find it. Wire transfer receipts include dollar amounts, sender and recipient information and signatures. Employees working at Dillons on Tuesday afternoon said they didn’t know how a receipt from their store could have made its way to the K-State compliance office.”
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