Former Clemson Tigers basketball star Jaron Blossomgame’s name surfaced on Friday in a Yahoo! Sports report that obtained documents from the FBI investigation alleging he’d accepted money from an NBA agent while in school. Later in the day, Clemson issued a response to those allegations.
Both Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich and basketball coach Brad Brownell responded to the claims on Friday morning, according to a report from David Hood of TigerNet.com.
“Clemson was made aware of an issue regarding a former student-athlete through this morning’s media reports. We received no inquiries or prior notice from anyone, and we’re in the process of reviewing the matter,” Radakovich said.
“I’ve been in college basketball for over 25 years and I’ve always tried to conduct myself within the rules and have held my staff and players to the same standard,” Brownell added. “Because I do not have any personal knowledge about the current investigation, I won’t comment or speculate about that matter. We’ll cooperate with any agency looking into the issue if they contact us.”
If the allegations that Blossomgame accepted money while in school from ASM, the agency at the center of the corruption scandal, it would constitute an NCAA violation. However, it’s still relatively unclear what the FBI’s involvement might mean for any of the over 20 programs fingered on Friday morning and the more than 25 players.
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