Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn found himself caught in the middle of an NCAA scandal on Friday.
O’Quinn was one of more than 25 players whose name appeared in documents and bank statements obtained by the FBI and released by Yahoo Sports of players who accepted some form of payment from ASM Sports agency while in college.
The 27-year-old Knicks center, who played and graduated from Norfolk State, received a so-called “loan” of $ 1,887.06, according to an ASM Sports balance sheet published by Yahoo.
The acceptance of such payments is against NCAA amateurism rules and would mean O’Quinn would have been ineligible to play.
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O’Quinn, speaking to reporters at Friday’s Knicks practice, denied taking any money while at college.
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“How many times you going to ask me that? I said no, right?” he said.
“I can’t speak to the discovery, I don’t know too much about it, but I think it’s safe to say I didn’t need an $ 1,800 loan the last couple years. I’m doing pretty well,” O’Quinn added. “What I can say is (former NBA agent and ASM founder) Andy Miller is a good guy, a good family guy, a wonderful agent to me and the guys he represents, so the only thing I can speak on is his character. How he stood in front of my family looked us in the eye and told us what he was going to deliver and he did.”
As O’Quinn walked away from reporters, he turned and said, “You think I would have taken even $ 18 at Norfolk State? No.”
O’Quinn was part of the 2011-12 Norfolk State team that upset No. 2 seed Missouri as a 15-seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The scandal includes at least 20 Division I basketball programs involving both current and former players while three criminal cases are also tied to the investigation.
The FBI has been investigating bribery and corruption in college basketball for at least two years and several NCAA assistant coaches and sneaker executives have already been arrested and charged.
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