Claims by Mohamed Bamba’s older brother on social media “exposing” the prized Texas men’s basketball recruit for accepting illegal benefits from a financial adviser appear to be baseless.
According to a report from NBC Sports college basketball reporter Rob Dauster, the relationship between Bamba and his long-time mentor Greer Love — the accused financial adviser — “has been cleared and vetted by the NCAA.”
I've also been told that Mo Bamba's relationship with Greer Love has already been vetted and cleared by the NCAA. https://t.co/1CNw1bRDyhAdvertisement
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) June 29, 2017
Earlier Thursday, Texas released a statement responding to the allegations leveled by Bamba’s brother Ibrahim Johnson, saying the school was “aware of the recent social media post” and “Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.”
Love has since spoken to 247Sports, explaining his relationship with Bamba and the lengths that were taken to ensure his eligibility throughout the recruiting process. According to the report, Love first met Bamba nine years ago while running an after-school program at P.S. 208 in Harlem.
When Bamba asked Love to guide him and help coordinate the logistics of his recruitment, Love immediately engaged the former chief compliance officer of two schools from the Big Ten and Big 12, and they provided frequent consultation on a variety of matters, Love told 247Sports.
“Doing things the right way has been our top priority since day one,” said Love, a vice-president at Huron Capital. “Mo’s got way too much to lose to take any chances on anything even remotely impermissible. With my nine-year, pre-existing relationship on the line with Mo personally, let alone his college eligibility, I took several additional measures to ensure that Mo was fully compliant every step of the way.”
In a 22-minute, profanity-laced rant posted on Facebook Live, Johnson accused Bamba of accepting $200 a week in cash, vacations and other gifts.
“He’s not going to play this year in the NCAA because I already reported him to the NCAA and I’m already going to meet with the NCAA,” Johnson said in the video. “He’s not going to play this year. I’m not going to lie to you. I exposed that kid.”
The 247Sports story also delved deeper into the relationship between Bamba and Johnson, who has reportedly been arrested several times in the past few months.