Texas has responded to a social media post by Mohamed Bamba’s older brother claiming that the prized Longhorns basketball recruit accepted illegal benefits from a financial adviser.
The university issued a statement on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after the post went up on social media.
“We’re aware of the recent social media post regarding our men’s basketball student-athlete Mohamed Bamba,” the statement said. “As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”
In a 22-minute, profanity-laced Facebook Live post, Bamba’s brother Ibrahim Johnson claimed to “expose” Bamba for accepting cash and other gifts from a person he described as a financial adviser.
A source at UT confirmed that the person in the video was Bamba’s brother.
Mo Bamba's brother has posted a video claiming Mo took illegal benefits. Texas says Mo has been cleared by NCAA. pic.twitter.com/zEBvOzSS66
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) June 29, 2017
Bamba, the No. 2-ranked national prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, signed with Texas on May 18. His signing was billed as a potential program-changing coup for the Longhorns and coach Shaka Smart, who beat out Kentucky, Michigan and Duke for the 7-foot power forward from New York City.