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NCAA JUST DOES IT AND RESTORES IVERSON'S ELIGIBILITY
Published October 19, 1994
The NCAA yesterday restored Georgetown freshman Allen Iverson's eligibility, citing the fact that he repaid Nike for two free airplane tickets in July 1993. The incident in question occurred during the summer of 1993, when Nike flew Iverson from his home in Hampton, VA, to a Nike-sponsored basketball camp in Indianapolis, then home to return for a felony trial, then back to the camp for a weekend, and then back to Hampton for the completion of the trial. "A Nike spokesman said yesterday the reason the company gave Iverson the second set of flights [which violated NCAA rules] was because Iverson had not been convicted of a crime at the time and the company wanted to stand by him and not deny him the opportunities of participating that the other players received" (David Nakamura, WASHINGTON POST, 10/19). AIR NIKE LITE AND PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: A Georgetown official valued the tickets in question at "close to $600." Prior to yesterday's ruling, Iverson did practice with the Hoyas in their first workout on Monday. Coach John Thompson: "This is a formality that a player be declared ineligible. If we felt he'd violated the rules, or the NCAA felt he violated the rules with any malice or deceptiveness, he would not have been able to practice with us" (Kevin Lyons, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/19).