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NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:29 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a story for those of you who are sick and tired of hearing about Cam Newton and the NCAA's investigation into his recruitment after leaving Florida and ending up at Auburn.  Turns out that Mr. Newton isn't the only Heisman contender whom the NCAA has taken a special interest in this season. According to a story in the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, the NCAA took a look at Oregon running back LaMichael James earlier this season as well.

Apparently they were wondering where James came across the 2003 Range Rover that he started driving earlier this season.
Questions about how James acquired his white luxury ride prompted Angie Cretors, NCAA assistant director for agent, gambling and amateurism activities, to fly to Portland to investigate. She met early this month with Pernell Brown, a local gang-outreach worker who describes himself as James’ “uncle.”

When asked for specifics, Brown explains he’s more like a friend of the family who looks after the 21-year-old sophomore from Texarkana, Texas.

Brown says James, a leading contender for the Heisman and a key to Oregon’s national title hopes with two regular-season games remaining, called him in October. Brown says James told him someone was stalking him and leaving notes on his car—a red 2000 Ford Mustang with James’ initials and his jersey number, 21, affixed to the side window.

Brown—a former Woodlawn Park Blood who served seven years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon—says he suggested trading cars with James. Brown says he bought his 2003 Range Rover this year. Sales records show he paid $17,238 cash to M&R Auto Sales in Northeast Portland. Brown says a finance company provided the money, and he leases the SUV from the company.

Brown also went on to say that he is not an agent, nor does he have any plans to become an agent.  He also said he's never bought James anything, be it shoes, a shirt or anything because he doesn't have the money.  Obviously it seems that the NCAA buys the story, as James was never subjected to any kind of punishment for driving the Range Rover.

In fact, while the NCAA won't comment on the investigation per its usual policy, Oregon says they believe that James has already been cleared of any wrong doing.

As for that stalker, maybe he was just stalking the car?

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2010 2:42 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Articles in the Register Guard and Willamette Week suggest the following:

James contacted Brown in October.  At some point in October, university officials noticed James driving a different vehicle than they had registered with the university.  The NCAA sent out an investigator immediately and was investigating by November.  So, James was driving a different vehicle at some point in October, and the situation was being investigated by November it sounds like in part because the university was making sure the rules were being followed (due to players registering their cars with the UO AD and the UO AD following up on monitoring those registrations).  I'm not sure if that is exact, that is about all you can get from the details in the articles.




Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2010 6:51 am

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

yea. your so on top of it. Reggie screwed him for 2 weeks before he said something. Get your stupid ass some facts before you type.

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 5:33 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Hey Mtnbkridr, or whatever the heck it is, you should be careful when calling someone a strangler when it was proven in court that that never happened and those BS charges were reduced to a misdemeanor. The guy basically saved girl from getting a total beatdown from his jealous, raging ex, by holding her back from a full attack, and that is what prompted those again BS charges. Just because the guy is far and away the best running back in the Nation, haters are going to try to bring him down, because defenses can't.  Go Ducks, Glendale or Bust 2010!

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:27 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Wisconsinfan - I hope you are kidding about the Mustang vs Range Rover luxury comment.  1990 Mustang a luxury car.  Maybe in Nebraska.
This thing stinks and anyone who can't see that is really not paying attention.  A convicted felon gives him a $17,000 car in exchange for a $7,000 car.  But then a sentence or two later says he has never given anything to James because he doesn't have the money.  Uh, you don't have the money to buy him shoes or a shirt which may cost $100 but you can forfeit $10,000 worth of car value.  Hmmmmm......
Perhaps the best thing to do would have been to sell the car (or take the narcissistic number and initials off the side of the car for starters dumb**s)and get a new one.  But no, somehow he ends up in a Range Rover.  I wish I had an "uncle" like that.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:06 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Maybe w

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:59 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Nothing like befriending a convicted felon and violent gang member to eliminate any perception of impropriety. I know when I was 21 I was driving around in a Rolls Royce that my "uncle" Bubba gave me from the clink. The nCAA is such a freakin joke and a bunch of hypocrites. Everyone knows that college athletes who are guaranteed of a payday at the next level take out loans or borrow money from guys they will supposedly pay back when they get rich. Sometimes however, the person giving the loan gets screwed over ie Lloyd Lake in the Reggie Bush case.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:57 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Is a 2003 Range Rover really a "luxury car?"  I would think the customized Mustang was......

Nonetheless, I don't think Lamichael did anything wrong here, but people sure are looking for something to pin on him.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:48 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

OK, do you think the trading of cars now makes James invisible to the former girlfriend?  I am pretty sure she can still see him, and see what car he gets into.  If she sees him enough times getting into the same ride, my guess is that even she can figure out that he now drives a different car.  Now that this article has come out, I am pretty sure the whole sporting world knows he drives a different car.  Are they going to trade back now? 

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:47 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

I'd bet that if you go through every major program in the country you'll find more than a few players that have this type of person "looking out for them". Whether its on the up and up or not it sure raises a few eyebrows and doesnt look good does it?

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:27 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

As far as the trading of cars business to avoid a stalker, PLEASE.

You're obviously forgetting about his crazy ex-girlfriend who stole his car keys, and the crazy people he'll have to deal with for years by the blatant misreporting and media mistakes.

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