Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 10/3/12
WESTWEGO, La. -- Former Duke and current New Orleans Hornets player Lance Thomas said Monday he does not think he violated NCAA rules when he purchased nearly 100,000 in diamond jewelry during his college career. Thomas also indicated a willingness to speak with the NCAA about the purchase, which spawned a lawsuit by a New York jeweler and an inquiry by Duke and the NCAA of whether Thomas violated rules pertaining to improper benefits for college athletes. "I'm still working on that, but I'll eventually speak to them," Thomas said. Thomas has settled the lawsuit which claimed he owed nearly 68,000 to Rafaello & Co. for a purchase made during Duke's 2009-10 national championship season. However, he said some legal details still must be worked out, after which he expects to be more willing to meet with the NCAA and comment publicly in more detail about the matter. "I do feel bad that was something that was just lingering around the university," Thomas said. "But everything's g...
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