In a profanity-laced Facebook video, the brother of Texas signee Mo Bamba alleges the five-star recruit accepted gifts and money from a financial advisor.
Ibrahim Johnson, filmed poolside without a shirt, says in the 22-minute video that Greer Love provided Bamba with vacations and other enticements in hopes of working with Bamba in the future. Johnson also said that Love tried to direct Bamba to consider certain schools, although he makes clear in the video that no money or benefits came from Texas.
Love, a Michigan alumnus who is a vice president of venture capital company, seems to be the source of a rift between Bamba and his brother and Johnson said he has now “exposed that kid.” He also says that he has “already reported (Bamba) to the NCAA” and the Bamba will not play this year.
Johnson has expressed his intention to became a sports agent in hopes of representing his brother. It is possible that video is means for Johnson to get back at his brother for potentially cutting him out.
According to 247Sports, Johnson was removed from the recruitment process “after it became apparent to the family that he was steadfast in his search for personal gain and unwilling to abide by Bamba’s wishes of a clean, NCAA-compliant recruitment.”
Texas responded swiftly to the allegations.
“As is usual practice by the NCAA, Mo’s amateur status was previously reviewed and final certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center,” Texas said in a statement to Yahoo Sports. “The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”
Love met Bamba nine years ago as part of an after-school program called Locke’s Lions that he founded in 2008 involving students at P.S. 208 in Harlem. According to 247Sports, Love supplied academic or financial support to nearly all students on the roster in 2008 or 2009. The program included basketball practice, games and academic study tables.
“When Mo asked me to guide him and help coordinate the logistics of his recruitment,” Love told 247Sports, “I immediately engaged the former Chief Compliance Officer of two Big 10 / Big 12 schools, who provided frequent consultation on a variety of matters. Doing things the right way has been our top priority since day one.
“Mo’s got way too much to lose to take any chances on anything even remotely impermissible. With my 9-year, pre-existing relationship on the line with Mo personally, let alone his college eligibility, I took several additional measures to ensure that Mo was fully compliant every step of the way.”
The 6-11 Bamba was a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection after his senior season at Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.).