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PROSERV SAYS CAMBY IS TARGET OF AGENT EXTORTION

     Former UMass star MARCUS CAMBY told the HARTFORD COURANT
that he accepted money and jewelry while playing last season, in
violation of NCAA rules.  Camby admitted he accepted cash from
one agent.  The jewelry came from another agent through friends.
Camby said the jewelry came from Hartford attorney WESLEY SPEARS,
who wanted to represent Camby, and that he accepted a "couple of
thousand" dollars from JOHN LOUNSBURY of Signature Sports.  Both
are certified by the NBPA.  Spears declined comment, while
Lounsbury called the statements "ludicrous" (HARTFORD COURANT,
6/4).  In today's BOSTON GLOBE, Camby acknowledged receiving
money -- but only after last season -- but he denied getting any
jewelry.  ProServ's JOE BRYANT, Camby's representative, said
allegations "have emerged as a result of extortion" by Spears.
Bryant said they will meet with members of the district
attorney's office in Hartford tomorrow.  The HARTFORD COURANT
stands by its story, which it says is "based on a tape-recorded
interview with Mr. Camby."  The acceptance of inducement from
agents could result in penalties against UMass (Joe Burris,
BOSTON GLOBE, 6/4).
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