Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Renardo Sidney drama

Hey everyone! More Renardo Sidney news updates craziness!

This afternoon, Sidney's attorney Don Jackson sent out this blast email to alert the national media that the NCAA's Amateurism Fact-Finding Committee met on Monday:

1. There was no evidence to establish that a family loan was based upon the student-athlete's athletic ability or "payback" potential as the Eligibility Center staff alleged.

2. The committee made NO findings relative to the family's living expenses during the term of their stay in California. Notably. The ACP Staff did not include any reference to the allegedly inappropriate living arrangement in their proposed Statement of Facts. Despite a nearly yearlong investigation, no factual findings were made or proposed regarding the Los Angeles residence.
More than adequate documentation was provided to document the family's payment of living expenses.

3. The ACP Staff alleged and the committee agreed that the student-athlete received excess Reebok gear and that a family friend assisted with the costs of unofficial visits to two schools. The family friend was repaid; no factual finding was made on the repayment of the loan.

4. No factual finding was made and the ACP Staff did not propose any specific facts relative to the propriety of the student-athlete's father's employment with Reebok. The reality of the matter is that his employment with Reebok does not (in any way) point toward a violation of any type.

Other "factual issues" were either determined to have been beyond the scope of the committee's authority or no findings were issued. In an interesting and unprecedented twist, the ACP Staff attempted to impose an unethical conduct charge upon the family of the student-athlete maintaining that 10.1 applied to their interview testimony. This represents an extraordinary stretch as 10.1 has always been interpreted to apply to athletic department staff and student-athletes ... never family members. This was a clear effort to manufacture a violation.

Currently, the student-athlete has missed nineteen (19) regular-season games and two (2) exhibition games.
The NCAA has released their own statement in response.
Mr. Jackson is wrong in his description of Renardo Sidney, Jr's.,initial-eligibility status, and he continues to demonstrate a lack of understanding of the Amateurism Certification Process. The NCAA Division I Amateurism Fact-Finding Committee has only determined what facts will now be analyzed to decide if violations of NCAA legislation have occurred, and if so, what penalties should be assessed. This matter will not be concluded until such final determinations have been made. At this point, it is premature to speculate on a timeframe and an ultimate outcome. However, it is correct to say had Mr. Jackson promptly and accurately replied in full to the NCAA’s repeated requests for specific information beginning in April 2009 the process would be much further along.
Yeah, I don't know anymore.

I'm just sick of hearing about Sidney.

Someone let me know when a decision has been made.

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