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Why Kevin Knox should donate $200 to charity right now

Kevin Knox was listed on financial records obtained by the FBI as meeting with or having a meal with ASM Sports agent Christian Dawkins. Knox’s father has already come out and said that meeting/meal never happened, but if it did, here’s what it could mean for Knox’s eligibility.

According to the most recent version of the NCAA Division I manual, Bylaw 16.01.1 prohibits any extra benefit; however, it stipulates that if the monetary value of that benefit (i.e., a meal) is $200 or less, the player can regain his or her eligibility by repaying the amount to the charity of their choice.

16.01.1 Eligibility Effect of Violation. [A] A student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit or expense was received. If the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports

16.01.1.1 Restitution for Receipt of Impermissible Benefits. Unless otherwise noted, for violations of Bylaw 16 in which the value of the benefit is $200 or less, the eligibility of the student-athlete shall not be affected conditioned upon the student-athlete repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. The student-athlete, however, shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of receipt of the impermissible benefit until the student-athlete repays the benefit. For violations of Bylaw 16 in which there is no monetary value to the benefit, violations shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however, such violations shall not affect the student-athlete’s eligibility. (Adopted: 11/1/01, Revised: 8/5/04, 1/19/18)

So…which charity will Kevin Knox be donating $200 to today? Even if he didn’t meet with Dawkins or Miller, it doesn’t hurt to pay it forward, right?

UPDATE: Just last month, the NCAA amended that rule to up the amount for $100 to $200.

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37 Comments for Why Kevin Knox should donate $200 to charity right now



  1. BobKYCats
    12:08 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    He can feel free to donate it to the Give BobKYCats a Hundred Bucks Foundation (est. 2018).



  2. Kpolley11
    12:16 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Just give it to Dance Blue



  3. SuperTroy18
    12:19 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    I think that should be the LAST thing he should do. I mean, donate to charity always, but not because of some article. If he did that now, it would be giving the Yahoo article credence and would say that UK thinks this might all be true when there is no proof yet. From a lawyer’s standpoint, you’d think they’d be telling Knox to go about his business as if this article never even came out. Who knows what will happen though.



    • Rembrandt
      12:20 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agree.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:23 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      yes and no.

      what if i told you to donate $100 and get off scot free or go to prison for life for a murder you did not commit? I don’t care how it makes me “look” I’m going to pay the $100 and move on. Does it give the article credence? maybe. but you can also move on knowing you’re GOOD. even if you didn’t do it, if the evidecnce says you did, the ncaa can’t punish you since you “paid it back”



    • SuperTroy18
      12:54 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      That hypothetical is so extreme, it would factor in so many more things. A murder isn’t just “$100 worth of a crime”. And if it were me, I don’t think I’d pay based on principle alone. Paying it would mean you admit guilt essentially. I think you’re saying if you could pay it without signing a confession and just “settling”, but that’s not how law works. This is not hypothetical and could become a court case if there is proof. If he pays that money to a charity and shows any sign of proof to that article, a lawyer could later say in a court of law, “Well, why did you pay that money to charity if you weren’t guilty?!?!” You can’t say you’re innocent if you plan to also, essentially, pay the penalty.



    • Kpolley11
      1:24 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Pretty sure the NCAA doesn’t abide by the court system… they are there own system. So to discredit his analogy and then try and bring up any law is idiotic. He should just pay it because 1) It’s written in the rules that it wouldn’t be a problem whether or not he did it if he pays the $100 dollars. 2) He’d be giving to charity (probably pretty easy to write off next year with his potential salary). 3) People who say it’s a pride position… sometimes you just move on when it’s things as little as this which have no relevance if he were to give the $100 dollars. No one will talk about him after this weekend… and at the end of the day it’s $100 gone to help your teammates not have to worry about a possible suspension later (let’s say tournament time).



    • SuperTroy18
      1:41 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Except that it’s NOT an NCAA issue right now. It’s an FBI issue first and foremost. If he does something to cover his butt to the NCAA, the FBI will use that.
      And PLEASE don’t start name-calling. This is meant to be a friendly debate amongst fans of the same team about what would be best for a player of that team. Don’t turn this into just another comment thread of name-calling and spewing venom.

    • And you can’t prove a negative, but the NCAA would probably require us to. Duke & UNCheat? Ha!

      Let’s just hope the meal was at a restaurant not named Ruth’s Chris.



    • Rixter
      7:46 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      So, you’d let a hundred dollars stand between eligibility and possibly vacating games later? That makes no sense.



  4. ukcamel
    12:32 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    I think the point of the article is that unless you are 100% sure you can prove you didn’t take the meal, just pay the amount to charity so you don’t have to worry about it.

    Now I’m not sure if you have to effectively acknowledge wrong-doing or if you can say “I didn’t do this, but I’m paying the money to avoid a distraction.”



    • ukjaybrat
      12:33 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      “I didn’t do this, but I’m paying the money to avoid a distraction.”

      This!



    • SuperTroy18
      12:56 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Okay. I see what you’re saying now. I read too much into your previous post, I think.



    • Realme
      12:40 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      I was coming here to disagree, but you guys convinced me.

    • I actually meant to post here (reply fail by me):

      And you can’t prove a negative, but the NCAA would probably require us to. Duke & UNCheat? Ha!

      Let’s just hope the meal was at a restaurant not named Ruth’s Chris.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:00 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      I’m not sure; how do you prove a negative? And, now we have to prove we’re “innocent”.



    • chief_cat
      1:21 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      While I don’t typically like the “give in to pressure” move, it seems the most sensible response in this situation. As others have said, how do you prove a negative? Also, the NCAA is so unpredictable, who knows how they will deal with these situations. We are only a few weeks from tourney time, so perhaps the best response is to pay and “avoid the distraction”.



  5. pasimp44
    12:51 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    literally the dumbest possible option for Knox. get it together TT.



  6. pasimp44
    1:01 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    False. It’s an admission of guilt and UK would never allow him to do so unless it’s confirmed that the meal and “illegal” payment actually took place.



  7. drock
    1:03 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    This article is ridiculous. It’s unfortunate to know you would roll over and pay up TT if in fact you weren’t guilty of the act. KSR seems to be more interested in writing controversial pieces lately for their own benefit than for their followers. KSR and extension to CNN?



    • crazycatfan65
      1:56 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Sounds like you need to find another site to read then. Your thinking and comment is ridiculous and you need to stick to just reading your Clinton News Network (CNN). Paying the money isn’t admitting guilt of anything, its just helping to make the problem go away so the NCAA cant come back and punish UK for it. Why is it so hard to understand sometimes its better to be safe than sorry.



  8. addyjaxlarkin
    1:16 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Autism awareness



  9. secrick
    1:16 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    I would not pay a dime because of yahoo sports . After he is cleared then it’s ok to do.



    • SuperTroy18
      1:56 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed.



  10. secrick
    1:28 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    How can the NCAA do anything to anyone based on figures written in a book? There would have to be someone admitting to the crime, right? Wiretap or both parties saying yes i did this. OK for instance i,m saying right now that i bought Sam Bowies lunch and dinner several times and tried to talk him into going to Ky.



  11. BBNstrive49
    2:14 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Long as Brad wasn’t involved we will still be okay come tourney time



    • Booby Petrino
      3:14 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      dude is obsessed with Brad. Can’t stop sweating him!



    • ClutchCargo
      4:24 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Brad turned down BBNstrive49’s attempts to hook up with him. It’s the only way his obsession makes any sense.



  12. catheaven
    2:23 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    What Knox did/didn’t do is not a federal crime. It’s an NCAA violation. The NCAA said they are not going to deal with this until the feds finish their investigation. UK or any of it’s staff is not implicated. By the time the feds finish and the NCAA starts dealing with it, Knox will be long gone to the NBA in June.



    • Rixter
      7:50 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Much like Montrezl Harrell was long gone when U of L’s banner came down.

      Pay the money



  13. kjd
    3:26 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    If Knox makes a charitable donation, and reports said donation to NCAA, then it is classified as complying with rule to satisfy a violation. Results as a written record of violation and admittance of guilt.
    Never admit to guilt when innocent.



  14. Wynn
    3:33 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m for it, but also speaking as a college student (and one who actually has the time to get a job and receive compensation, cough cough players should be paid), $200 is a lot of cash to be just throwing out if you didn’t do anything