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Under Armour Statement

Hello, everyone. This is Eric. Under Armour has issued a statement. I may have more a little later today after I make a few calls. Busy day.

“Under Armour has been servicing collegiate athletics since our inception in 1996 and compliance is a priority. We are in constant communication with our collegiate partners to ensure our activities are in accordance with NCAA rules. Protecting athletes' best interests is our number one concern, and we would never do anything to jeopardize that or to undermine the integrity of the recruiting process. We work with athletes in a variety of sports at all levels -- from our high school combines to the UA All America game to collegiate partnerships -- and we take the rules very seriously.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 2, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Can you explain more clearly what the stakes are regarding any potential violation from the Under Armour visit? Stephenson would be barred from playing at UMD? UMD would face some sort of sanctions? Does Under Armour face any sort of penalty? Obviously the guy from Nike thinks its a big deal, but thats not a convincing source.

Posted by: Patera | March 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Lance's AAU team is outfitted by Adidas, who also happen to be the official outfitter for Kansas. Hey Eric, how about a story about that?

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | March 2, 2009 2:38 PM

Can you explain more clearly what the stakes are regarding any potential violation from the Under Armour visit? Stephenson would be barred from playing at UMD? UMD would face some sort of sanctions? Does Under Armour face any sort of penalty? Obviously the guy from Nike thinks its a big deal, but thats not a convincing source.

Posted by: Patera | March 2, 2009 2:48 PM

Bottom line is that there is no story here and nothing will come of it. This is nothing more serious than trying to make a connection to the shoes a kid wears in HS or AAU to the college he signs with. Goes on all the time. That was the point of my somewhat sarcastic post about JT III and Nike.

Perdue supplies all the chicken used by the University of Maryland. Stephenson takes a tour of the processing plant in Salisbury. Tyson gets mad and raises a "question" about it. Reporter jumps all over the story. That's what you have here.

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Patera,

You haver arrived at the intended conclusion of the Post article, in that you are concerned about the stakes of the potential violations.

Only problem is that the Post article just vaguely hints at violations, and does so in this huge article that makes it seem like there is something potentially and seriously wrong--that there were in fact some violations. The writers seem to be retracting the damaging aspects of their article somewhat in their blog (which gets less than one-percent of the readership of the print edition, which is electronically sent all over the country to potential Terp recruits).

We should not talk about violations, NCAA sanctions or whatever, when the investigative reporting has produced no evidence of any wrongdoing from this historically clean program. I suppose the only stakes that we can surmise would be the intangible effects (also likely intended by the writers) of lost recruits. However, it is not only premature but quite inappropriate to talk of official NCAA or University sanctions, in my opinion.

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hold on....you mean to tell me that there is no rules violation? That it is likely both UMD and Under Armour complied with NCAA regulations? But the WaPo jumped to conclusions early? That's unpossible!

Posted by: fushezzi | March 2, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

THIS JUST IN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE GOES ON BUSINESS TRIP AND RENTS HOTEL PORNOGRAPHY AND DRINKS TO EXCESS AT LOCAL STRIP CLUB!!!

The names of the government agency have been withheld because they asked not to be named, however they admit "this sort of thing happens all the time". Whether or not the federal government is endorsing drinking to excess at strip clubs or renting $12 pornography is unclear but it is highly possible that they are. The facts in this case are quite simple:
A) the government paid for the trip
B) the employee was on official government business from 9-5 each day
C) the employee rented the pornography
D) the employee drank at the strip club
Both the hotel chain and the strip club declined to comment for this article.

Posted by: Lee26 | March 2, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Bet Eric wouldn't even TRY to write stories about recruiting practices at schools like Duke if he were working at a paper in Durham NC. Coach K would ensure that Eric couldn't get a job writing kiddie stories for "Highlights" if he even tried to expose all the underhanded payouts between Duke, Nike and Duke Alumni that goes out to the parents of Duke players. Or of course there is Sheldon Williams, who was raping a teenage girl in an Ohio hotel room, as opposed to Lance Stephenson, who grabbed a girls a** at school one day.

Point being, working for a big national newspaper makes it easy to overblow everything and make more of it than what it is. Too bad a good guy like Gary has to deal with it.

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

virtueandvice,

Good point about the big-city newspaper. However, even large papers should and can write responsibly. Bigness is no excuse, IMO, for reporting self-introduced malicious gossip without evidence. If the writers were ever accused unfairly of wrongdoing, without evidence, they would understand the implications.

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there's a beat writer for Maryland athletics that any of you have ever liked.

If the Washington Post pisses you off, you're under no obligation to post here. Why not try the Washington Times or ESPN?

I guess if the Terps don't win the ACC Championship this year, we can blame Eric and Steve. They've been conspiring all year to undermine Maryland athletics.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 2, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The times blog is way more informative and Patrick is a smart guy with no agenda but there isn't much action over there in the way of comments and the interface is kind of choppy.

Posted by: Lee26 | March 2, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I think people need to relax. Except for a few people, everyone of the posters wants the Terps to do well.

To insinuate that Steve and Eric are purposefully undermining the Terps is off the mark.

The three-part series on Gary left me with a favorable opinion of both his integrity and love for his players.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 2, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's say Lance Stephenson commits to Maryland. He'll only be here for a year then on to the NBA. It's arguable whether "one-year commitments" benefit a program or not.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 2, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

What is imterpsfan2 still doing on this blog? Get your pitiful waste of life *ss out of here.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Gary Williams exhibits classic symptons of alcoholism. Deny...blame...deny...

He's a laissez-faire recruiter because it takes away time at Happy Hour. Why call a recruit's parent when you can drink a cold one? If he could get off the juice, I'd think you'd see a resurgence in the program.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 11, 2009 5:11 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Barno attacks anyone who offers opinions that have not been laced with the Koolaid.

He wants everyone else, including the two writers of The Insider to be kicked off the blog.

What's funny is that he and his henchmen would do everyone a big favor by staying off the blog themselves. If they had their own blog NO ONE but they would read it.

Barno we put up with you for at least two reasons:

1. You are a harmless fool and its makes us feel better about ourselves knowing we are so different.

2. You remind us daily of the value of free speech and the danger of fascism.

Most of us are probably glad we won't ever have to meet you.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

What is imterpsfan2 still doing on this blog? Get your pitiful waste of life *ss out of here.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 7:13 PM

What's that Barno? I didn't realize there was two-drink of Kool-Aid minimum to post here...

Posted by: mabkhar | March 3, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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