NCAA probes LeBron James’ agent for improper benefits to Texas playmaker
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The NCAA is investigating whether LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul has bestowed improper benefits to University of Texas point guard Myck Kabongo.
Particularly, the league is looking into Paul’s role in Kabongo’s trip to Cleveland this spring where he worked out with a professional trainer, according to Yahoo Sports.
New York-based trainer Jerry Powell admitted he worked out with Kabongo but denied dealing with Paul.
Paul, a long-time friend of the Miami Heat superstar, met Kabongo through two of his clients, former Longhorns Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. Thompson, Joseph and Kabongo are Toronto-area natives who attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
“At the end of the day, here’s the main thing, it’s no crime to have a relationship with the kid,” Paul told Yahoo Sports. “Of course I know Myck through Tristan and Cory. I haven’t been contacted by the NCAA and I wouldn’t put a kid in harm’s way.”
Paul clarified that he went to Cleveland to get Michael Kidd-Gilchrist prepared for the draft and nothing else.
Texas basketball spokesman Scott McConnell told Yahoo Sports that he was aware of th investigation but declined comment.
NCAA rules allowed a player to have a relationship with an agent but he’s permitted to give or promise any benefits or money to college or high school players.
Kabongo averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists a game for Texas last season.