The NCAA has ruled Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa ineligible for the remainder of the 2018-19 season and the entirety of the 2019-20 season for his guardian receiving $2,500 from an agent/booster and agreeing to accept another $20,000 from the same individual.
In the official ruling, the NCAA said the money agreements helped secure De Sousa’s enrollment at Kansas, and thus, he must sit out for two full seasons.
University of Kansas men’s basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa must sit out the remainder of the 2018-19 season and the 2019-20 season because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.
According to the facts provided for purposes of the reinstatement request, De Sousa’s guardian received payment of $2,500 from an agent and booster of the school. He agreed to accept additional payment of $20,000 from the same individual and an Adidas employee for securing De Sousa’s enrollment at Kansas.
The NCAA also added that they factored in the fact that it was the guardian’s involvement with the payments, not De Sousa’s, in the decision. Usually, they said, a violation of this magnitude results in “permanent ineligibility.”
“Membership guidelines state the starting point for these violations is permanent ineligibility, but the NCAA staff recognized mitigation based on the specific circumstances of this case when making its decision,” they said.
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long said the school is “shocked” and “incensed” by the decision made on Friday, saying they will appeal immediately.
“We are shocked and incensed by today’s decision, and we will immediately appeal as this was clearly an unfair and punitive ruling for a young man who had no knowledge of any NCAA violation, nor did Silvio personally benefit from the violation,” he said. “While we will continue to work with the NCAA on the broader matter, we have an obligation and a desire to advocate for our student-athletes, and will continue to do that for an outstanding young man.”
Kansas head coach Bill Self said the decision was “mean-spirited and vindictive” for a player who did “nothing wrong.”
“In my 30-plus years of coaching college basketball, I have never witnessed such a mean-spirited and vindictive punishment against a young man who did nothing wrong,” Self said. “To take away his opportunity to play college baskeball is shameful and a failure of the NCAA. Silvio is a tremendous young man who absolutely deserves to be on the court with his teammates. This process took way too long to address these issues. We will support Silvio as he considers his options.”
Former Kentucky forward Enes Kanter, who was also ruled ineligible by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits, was quick to tell the world how he felt about the decision.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) February 1, 2019
What do you guys think? Did the crime fit the punishment or was it excessive?
On that note, De Sousa appeared in 20 games for the Jayhawks last season during their run to the Final Four. Will those wins be vacated, as well?