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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: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:06 am

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

Actually vranger, I think that dhuffdaddy's post was quite fascist. The thought that one would bring criminal charges against people who ostensibly violated the rules of a civil organization is pretty extreme. The NCAA is not the state. In fact, it's pretty far from being the state. So to think that one would put someone in jail for violating a silly rule (and for a violation that isn't verifiable in any court of law) is borderline fascist. Perhaps not the word that I would use for it, but it's not inappropriate.

Also, if dhuffdaddy wants to bring these types of motions, then I think that the NCAA would need to open its entire process up to the judicial system. Which, given that they look to avoid any sorts of legal protections for "student-athletes" at all, probably isn't something that they want to do. Likely because they would lose.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:32 am

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

@  good grief, if you are going to post total gibberish that has no place on a sports board, go post it over on red state or go send threatening letters to your congressman.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:48 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

It seems AAU coaches are in the middle of every one of these situations where parents are involved with payments.  Does the NCAA send out information to ALL AAU & High School coaches letting them know the basics for rules regarding players and parents and anything they do that could affect their eligibility to colleges?   If not - this needs to be done immediately.

As far as Mr. Goodman and writing this article - don't shoot the messenger - he's just doing his job.  There is nothing biased about this article. 

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:23 am

Jeff Goodman is an idiot

Worst copy paste job ever


Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:42 am
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:29 am

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

I say..let them all take steriods. let them all take gifts. Who cares?? I waitign for a day some kid jumps OVER the rim.  And who you think u are to tell a broke kid, don't take a 5,000 gift. Don't be so f'in stupid. U people THINK too much, and thats YOUR problems.  U people want the NCAA to govern everyting like the way u vote to deomcrat presidents to run this country like a communist nation. Lets have an agency in charge of an agency to govern the agency... thats the way it would be it u all had ur way. Sports is just a microcosim

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:36 am

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

"dhuff daddy: Quite the fascist, aren't you?"

While dhuff daddy's post was delusional and just plain stupid, for the most part, there was nothing "fascist" about it. ROFLMAO It might help you to look up words BEFORE you use them, so that you don't make yourself appear to be just as stupid.  

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:15 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

This entire article is profoundly stupid. College athletes do not get paid. Their parents are not to be paid at any point. The Cam Newton loophole is being closed by amendments to NCAA bylaws. While I think the NCAA is a joke with their inconsistent rulings from case to case, the Boatwright parents should be punished and their child should be punished for decisons they make on behalf of their child. Once Boatwright is grown he should make his own choices, but under his parents' wings he unfortunately has to be punished for their sins.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:06 pm

Boatright's lawyer takes shots at NCAA

dhuff daddy: Quite the fascist, aren't you? Here's a better idea--tear down the palaces. Alternatively, let the kids make their own deals with whomever. If it's okay for USC, Kansas, and USC's players to profit from all of the interest, then it should also be okay for the Kansas players to get themselves a little something. Whatever the market will bear, like a couple of hundred bushels of corn or a 15-year old combine harvester.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:27 pm


It really shouldn't be the NCAA's business if someone takes money from outside of the school.  If the NCAA wasn't so greedy, they could get rid of 95 percent of the rulebook and let players take whatever money anyone wants to give them.  All they have right now is a joke of a system where a team like Ohio State runs one of the most corrupt football programs in the country for ten years, games the system by providing improper benefits to gain an unfair advantage in recruiting, and gets a "punishment" that guarantees that they won't stop cheating.  

The "company line" here is that "if it happens, the rich will get richer."  Sorry, hypocrites, but the rich already ARE richer.  If anything, it would level the playing field, because there would no longer be one set of rules for Ohio State, USC, Bama, Auburn, and Oregon, and another set of rules for everyone else.  

The NCAA has proven that they can only enforce their rules sporadically, if at all.  If you can't enforce the rules for everyone, then the rules have to be changed.  


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