Hornets Anthony Davis, rumored $200,000 Kentucky man, faces hometown Chicago Bulls



The Hornets Anthony Davis played in the Rising Stars game in Houston during NBA All-Star weekend and had 11 points, 9 rebounds and two blocks. The New Orleans Hornets play tonight at home vs. the Chicago Bulls. Here’s a short video clip around  of Hornets Anthony Davis’ time in Houston.  We got a glimpse into family time, his busy appearance schedule –  and then Anthony took a second job as a “wingsman.”


Tonight he faces his hometown Bulls, and he’ll do so making a lot more money than he was rumored to be making while with the Kentucky Wildcats.

From ESPN:

The University of Kentucky issued a statement on Friday threatening legal action over a Chicago Sun-Times story claiming that recruit Anthony Davis negotiated a deal to receive $200,000 from someone who wanted him to commit to the school.

The intial Sun-Times story on Wednesday cited unidentified sources and stated:

“The rumors/sources that have Davis choosing Kentucky are also alleging that the commitment cost $200,000. [Anthony] Davis Sr. has flat out denied everything.”

If UK did give Anthony Davis 200k, they certainly got their money’s worth- a national championship, all the player of the year awards and the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. I heard off-the-record rumors of Davis getting paid from numerous journalists before the Sun-Times story was even printed. Of course, the amount I heard was $120,000. Now we don’t have the smoking gun that Anthony Davis was paid under the table, there’s a reason Kentucky keeps getting the best of the best recruits every single season. They broke a record this year in signing 5 McDonald’s All-Americans. And John Calipari’s first two Final Fours were later vacated due to sanctions, so maybe the evidence negating last year’s national championship will emerge one day. Calipari’s reputation isn’t sterling.


More from Deadspin:

Sources from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son’s commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000.

What it comes down to now is the paper’s sources words against the university’s. Who do you believe? A multiple-sourced story, or a university and coach, with separate histories of violations, who stand to suffer if the story is true?
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