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LeBron James’ Agent Under Investigation By the NCAA

According to an October 10, 2012, Yahoo! Sports report by Adrian Wojnarowski and Pat Forde, the NCAA has launched an investigation into possible violations involving NBA basketball player Lebron James’ agent Rich Paul and University of Texas men’s basketball student-athlete Myck Kabongo. Paul acknowledges knowing Kabongo through two former Texas Longhorns men’s basketball and current NBA players Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph but denies violating any NCAA rules.

The report suspects that the NCAA’s investigation may center around whether Paul played a role in a trip Kabongo made to Cleveland this past spring that included at least one workout with a professional trainer. The NCAA-related issues would be discovering who paid for Kabongo’s expenses and travel costs and whether there is any type of representation agreement between Kabongo and Paul. NCAA Bylaw 12.3 covers sports agents and does not allow any agreement either verbally or in writing between a student-athlete and sports agent in the present or in the future for the purpose of marketing the student-athlete’s ability or reputation nor does it allow a student-athlete to accept any impermissible benefits from a sports agent. Should Kabongo have received any extra benefits, he would likely be declared ineligible by the University of Texas and would have to go through the student-athlete reinstatement process.

The full article can be found here.

A past MLBLF blog series on the NCAA’s student-athlete reinstatement process can be found here: Part I, Part II and Part III.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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