Jeweler in Duke case mum with NCAA

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 07, 2012
The New York jeweler suing former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas isn't interested in speaking to the NCAA. Mike Bowers, an attorney for the firm, said an NCAA official contacted him Monday to see whether someone from Rafaello & Co. would agree to be interviewed about the firm's lawsuit asserting that Thomas purchased nearly $100,000 in jewelry while playing for Duke's 2010 national championship team. Bowers said the company, which caters to professional athletes and other celebrities, declined because of the pending litigation. ''My client has no interest in going beyond the merchandise Mr. Thomas took and didn't pay for,'' the Dallas attorney said Wednesday. The lawsuit indicates that Thomas purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry at a cost of $97,800 by putting $30,000 down and receiving $67,800 in credit. The balance remains unpaid even though it was due in 15 days, according to documents included in the court filing. The date on the invoice is Dec. 21, 2009, the middle of the 2009-2010 season. Thomas, then a senior, started 39 games at forward for Duke that season, including the Blue Devils' 61-59 victory over Butler in the NCAA tournament championship game. The suit was filed in Austin in January, but it wasn't publicly disclosed until it was detailed in an Associated Press story last Friday. It was filed in Texas because Thomas, now with the New Orleans Hornets, was playing for the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League at the time. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits that aren't available to the student body as a whole. If a violation of that kind is found, a school could be forced to give up a championship in which the athlete competed. NCAA rules require student-athletes and personnel at member schools to cooperate with the organization's inquiries, but there's nothing to compel people who aren't affiliated with those schools to do so. Both Duke and the NCAA have acknowledged that they are aware of the lawsuit and looking into it. The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request from the AP for comment on the jeweler's stance.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker