The NCAA might have prejudged UCLA Bruins forward Shabazz Muhammad in finding him ineligible, according to a source.
The plot thickens in the Shabazz Muhammad case. Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times files this report.
The supposed accusation would make it seem as if the NCAA had prejudged that Muhammad would be found ineligible regardless of the findings of the investigations. An attorney supposedly overheard a man claim that his girlfriend (an NCAA attorney) would find Muhammad ineligible. The attorney did sign her name in the email but has asked the Times to keep her identity confidential.
Here are more details from Holmes:
The girlfriend, whom he identified as "Abigail," was investigating Muhammad. The man made it clear that the NCAA would find Muhammad ineligible and not allow him to play this season, the email said. Abigail Grantstein, an assistant director of enforcement, is the NCAA's lead investigator on the Muhammad case.
The attorney, who confirmed her story in a telephone interview with The Times on Wednesday, said in her email that she was concerned with the lack of confidentiality and "the cavalier discussion of this young man's future being tossed about for everyone to hear."
Muhammad's family attorney has already gone on record in stating that Muhammad should be immediately reinstated, stating that the NCAA process has failed in these proceedings.
Muhammad was considered by many scouting services to be the top recruit in the 2012 college basketball class, bu the NCAA did indeed rule Muhammad ineligible to start off the 2012-13 college basketball season. UCLA is expected to appeal his ineligibility once they garner more information on the ruling.