Originally posted on College Spun  |  Last updated 3/22/13
The LA Times has published a report this morning, claiming that the father of UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad may have been lying about his son’s age. The publication says that Ron Holmes, Muhammad’s father, lied about his son’s age, saying he was born in 1993 – while his birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows he was actually born in 1992 – a one year difference. According to the UCLA men’s basketball media guide, he was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1993. But a copy of Shabazz Nagee Muhammad’s birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital exactly one year earlier, making him 20 years old — not 19 as widely reported. Think it’s not a big deal? Think again. Playing against weaker competition growing up allows players to get noticed easier, be given more attention, and ultimately move up the class rankings. If the allegations are true, they’ll be damning for both Muhammad and his father. Muhammad’s father even lied to the reporter at first. Asked about the discrepancy, Holmes insisted his son was 19 and born in Nevada. “It must be a mistake,” he said. Several minutes later, he changed his account, saying that his son is, in fact, 20 and was born in Long Beach. Probably not the way the Bruins wanted to kick off their NCAA Tournament.
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