Posted September 07, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 m...
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