Despite being cleared to play, UConn freshman Ryan Boatright is upset with the way the organization conducted its investigation into claims that he received improper benefits. His attorney, Scott Tompsett, released a statement earlier Sunday indicating that Boatright and his family were considering "legal options" after the NCAA "violated the Boatrights' privacy by releasing their confidential information."
In response, the NCAA released an additional statement disputing Tompsett's claims. From NCAA.org:
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 any way, 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.
Will Tompsett release another statement in response to this statement? Stay tuned!
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