On the same day that No. 9 Kansas kicked off Big 12 tournament play, the lawyer for freshman Cliff Alexander released a statement to multiple media outlets saying that his client his ready to meet with the NCAA to clear his name, but he’s been unable to lock down a time to be interviewed by the association.
“Mr. Alexander has completely and expeditiously complied with the NCAA’s requests,” the statement said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “Through his attorneys, Mr. Alexander has provided his telephone records, text records, and bank statements.”
“Mr. Alexander has been ready, willing, and able to be interviewed since March 2nd, yet he has been informed that the NCAA will not interview him until they receive additional documents that are not his documents, the content of which he has no knowledge, and documents which have never been in his control or possession.”
Thursday marked the fourth consecutive game that Alexander has missed for what Kansas termed an “NCAA issue”. According to a report from the weekend, a company specializing in loans to professional athletes and future draft picks was tied to his mother. Loans based on future earnings as an athlete are against NCAA rules and can cost a player his or her athletic eligibility.