Attorney for Kansas' Cliff Alexander says his client ready 'to clear his good name'
A statement from a Dallas-based lawyer for sidelined Kansas basketball player Cliff Alexander says his client has provided documentation to the NCAA and is ready and willing to be interviewed by enforcement staff “to clear his good name.”
Paul Stafford sent the following statement to Yahoo Sports on Thursday:
"Mr. Alexander has completely and expeditiously complied with the NCAA’s requests. Through his attorneys, Mr. Alexander has provided his telephone records, text records, and bank statements.
“Mr. Alexander has been ready, willing, and able to be interviewed since March 2nd, yet he has been informed that the NCAA will not interview him until they receive additional documents that are not his documents, the content of which he has no knowledge, and documents which have never been in his control or possession.
“Mr. Alexander is in Kansas City [site of the Big 12 tournament] with his team ready to be interviewed by the NCAA and ready to clear his good name, so that he can get on the court to lead his team through the championship season.”
Stafford, who said he is only representing Cliff Alexander and not any of his family members, told Yahoo Sports on Thursday afternoon that he has had written communication with the NCAA, but there still is no meeting set.
He described Alexander as eager to return to the court.
"Cliff is a talented basketball player who has spent his whole life getting ready for a moment like this," Stafford said. "You can imagine how he feels if he's forced to watch from courtside."
Yahoo Sports reported Saturday that a Uniform Commercial Code filed in August 2014 ties Alexander’s mother to a finance company that, according to its website, specializes in loans to professional athletes and agents.
On Aug. 25, 2014, a UCC filing was made in the state of Illinois under the name of Cliff Alexander’s mother, Latillia Alexander of Chicago. The filing is publicly accessible on the Illinois Secretary of State website. The securing party is listed as Ludus Capital of Delray Beach, Fla.
Phone messages left via a number on Ludus Capital’s website by Yahoo Sports have not been returned.
Among the types of financing extended by Ludus Capital, which has offices in Florida and New York, are draft loans to potential high draft picks in the NBA and NFL. However, the loans are extended to athletes after they have declared for the draft. In August, Alexander was just starting his freshman year at Kansas.
Loans based on future earning potential can violate NCAA rules for student-athletes.
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Registered NBA agents often work in concert with financial firms to secure money for families. These firms also recruit prospects independently.
Alexander missed the last three games of the regular season for what Kansas has called an “NCAA issue.” Multiple sources told Yahoo Sports last Thursday that the issue is a family member who may have received an impermissible benefit.
Alexander’s family took meetings with NBA agents in August, sources said. Discussions with agents for the purpose of gaining information on a player’s market value do not violate NCAA rules, but entering into a written or verbal agreement and receiving compensation is a violation.
Alexander will not be reinstated until after an NCAA interview occurs and a decision is made on whether benefits received by his family are impermissible. If it is ruled that a violation occurred, Alexander's eligibility for the remainder of the season could be affected.
Before he was sidelined by the NCAA issue, Alexander's playing time had plummeted in recent weeks. He played fewer than 20 minutes in seven of his last nine games, bottoming out at a total of 27 minutes played in three games against West Virginia, TCU and Kansas State from Feb. 16-23. Alexander scored just 28 points in the month of February.