The Daily Tar Heel’s excellent coverage of the scandal continued today as they brought us some actual reporting! Imagine that — the local press actually printing new stuff about a huge scandal rocking the biggest athletic department in the region! Crazy concept, I realize.
Anyway the Daily Tar Heel posted the above-linked piece explaining that UNC-CH Athletic Director Dick Baddour had written a letter to Florida jeweler Anthony Machado
informing him that he is to have no further involvement with UNC student athletes or “anyone associated with our intercollegiate athletics program.”
The article goes on to recap that UNC players Greg Little and Robert Quinn
received jewelry, which were considered extra benefits. Quinn accepted two black diamond watches and a pair of matching earrings while Little received a pair of diamond earrings.
But Baddour seems to go out of his way to make the point that this particular jeweler was involved with only one player:
“I would go by what’s in the letter,” Baddour said. “The letter says one, so he was connected to one.”
Hmmm. That is semi-interesting. Why did he go out of his way to lead everyone to believe that there is at least one additional jeweler involved? Also, is anyone else noticing that the center of gravity of the agent prong of this scandal is squarely in Miami? Is that significant?
If you go to the website of Machado’s jewelry business, you can click on the word ”Celebrites” [sic] to see a list of NFL players that I guess are his customers. You can also click on “Earings” [sic] to look at those. I will let you guys go explore the site for further mistakes if you want. I will warn you though – the stuff he sells it is the ugliest crap you have ever seen.
The article wraps up by noting that Baddour has already written a similar letter to Chris Hawkins and explains:
While the letters do establish the University’s stance regarding the individuals, they do not hold any legal power or consequences.
Of course the BIG, OBVIOUS question about this whole thing is WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS JEWELRY??? I seriously doubt that Mr. Machado sent this bling to the UNC players for free. How would he even know where to send it? Who is the link between Machado and the UNC-CH players? A second question might be how none of the coaches apparently noticed the players wearing all of this gaudy stuff — or if they did why didn’t they investigate it? Or was this type of bling not unusual among the UNC-CH football players?