Most Kentucky fans badly wanted 5-star recruit Mohamed Bamba to join Big Blue Nation during the last recruiting cycle. How many of those folks feel the same way now?
The Texas signee, who was the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2017 according to the 247Sports composite rankings, now sees his name plastered across headlines thanks to a social media post from his older brother. Ibrahim Johnson filmed a 22-minute, poolside Facebook Live during which he proceeded to “spill the beans” on an alleged improper relationship between the 6-11 big man and a handler named Greer Love.
During the shirtless, profane rant, Johnson alleged Greer provided Bamba with benefits such as vacations, televisions and other enticements in the hopes that he’d be able to work with the surefire NBA prospect in the future.
Johnson went on to say that he has reported the situation to the NCAA and that he believes Bamba will not play for Texas as a freshman this upcoming season.
It was a bombastic video (which can be viewed at the bottom of this story) full of allegations that have yet to be confirmed, but it was enough to cause the University of Texas to issue an official statement on the situation. Here’s what the Longhorns had to say about the allegations, via Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg:
“As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”
While there is no punishment on the horizon for Bamba at this point, it’s safe to say this topic of discussion is not going away soon. And for that, it may be best that Kentucky missed out on the prospect that many believed would be the cherry on top of another impressive recruiting class for John Calipari.
In May, Bamba wrote a comprehensive Players’ Tribute article revealing his commitment to Texas, and explaining why he chose Shaka Smart’s Longhorns over the Wildcats and his other suitors.
You can watch the video of Mohamed Bamba’s brother’s allegations below:
WARNING: The video below is NSFW due to very foul language. Please use discretion when viewing.