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Joe Nocera (New York Times) Looks at the NCAA’s Sense of “Justice”

Joe Nocera of the New York Times authored a January 6, 2012, piece, “N.C.A.A.’s ‘Justice’ System”. Nocera’s piece explored what the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has been espousing for years–the lack of due process for involved parties (e.g., coaches, student-athletes) in the NCAA administrative processes. Nocera uses the story of Devon Ramsay, a fullback at the University of North Carolina, as an example of what occurs when a student-athlete is not informed of his/her right to legal counsel at the outset of an NCAA enforcement or reinstatement case. Nocera’s article begins with the following point:

Contrary to my assertion last Saturday, the N.C.A.A. does allow college athletes to engage a lawyer if they are accused of violating its rules. After hearing from the N.C.A.A., I made a few phone calls and discovered that, indeed, universities investigating improprieties by athletes do usually inform them that they can hire a lawyer. In the course of those calls, however, I stumbled on a case so egregious — yet so perfectly illustrative of the N.C.A.A.’s judicial “process” — that I concluded it needed wider exposure. Last week, I described the N.C.A.A. as a cartel. Turns out, it’s a Star Chamber, too.

The full article can be read by clicking here.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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