The NCAA has included in its notice of allegations that an ex-graduate assistant at Louisville, Brandon Williams, did not fully cooperate with the investigation. Williams has come out and vehemently denied the allegations, calling them baseless and with “no basis.”
Williams’ attorney likened the NCAA’s repeated questioning of Williams to “fishing expeditions”. The notice of allegations stated that Williams “violated the principles of ethical conduct.”
The NCAA’s investigation is into former Louisville director of basketball operations Andre McGee who is alleged to have paid women to have sex and dance with players and recruits.
The information that Williams is alleged to have withheld are phone records which were requested of him. Williams claims that the phone belonged to his mother, who did not give permission to release the records. Williams lawyer released the following statement regarding the violation against him.
“No matter what Mr. Williams did, and no matter how responsive he was, the NCAA always asked for more. While the subject matter of the investigation, and the ensuing investigation of the University of Louisville, are indisputably legitimate, exposing Mr. Williams to a lifetime of stigma is neither justified nor appropriate. Mr. Williams more than satisfied his obligations to the NCAA.”
According to Williams, the investigation has hurt his career as a basketball coach. He currently coaches a high school team in Florida.
As Williams was not a coach at Louisville during the investigation and subsequent refusal to cooperate, Louisville was under no obligation of any kind and has not commented on the issue.