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PROSERV SAYS CAMBY IS TARGET OF AGENT EXTORTION
Published June 4, 1996
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).