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UA outside counsel releases statement on Deandre Ayton

01 March 2018

It what is probably the darkest time in college basketball history, the Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller are the latest targets of the FBI investigation involving payments to high-level recruits to secure their commitment. Just before that game, a lawyer representing the Ayton family released a statement saying his clients were "outraged and disgusted" by the allegations against the Arizona freshman. "These reports are false and unfounded", Kelly said in a statement Sunday. In each of these interviews, Mr. Ayton has credibly and consistently maintained that neither he nor any member of his family, not any representative thereof, received any money or extra benefit to influence his decision to attend the University of Arizona. "Not a shred of evidence has been adduced suggesting otherwise, which federal investigators and the NCAA officials have acknowledged".

Attorney Paul Kelly issued a statement early this evening amid reports Ayton was involved in a pay-for-play situation. "I think if you look at his play tonight it seemed like he handled it pretty well". In a statement Saturday, Miller said he and UA determined it was best that he not coach the game, but said he is "confident" he will be "vindicated".

"Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not routinely do so (although exceptions have been made), DeAndre's family certainly believes it is appropriate for that law enforcement agency, as well as NCAA and University of Arizona, to make public statements which unquestionably clears DeAndre's good name", the statement said.

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Deandre Ayton scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds but the Ducks held the Cats big man without a field goal in the final 16 minutes of the game including overtime.

Ayton played for the Wildcats Saturday night in a loss to OR in Eugene.

UA outside counsel releases statement on Deandre Ayton