A 10-month investigation into allegations of point shaving by North Carolina State basketball players has uncovered little evidence, with two key sources softening earlier incriminating statements, officials say.
The North Carolina investigation is largely completed, but it won't officially be closed until a similar probe ends in New Jersey, said Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby Jr.
The investigation began in earnest in February, when ABC News reporter Armen Keteyian reported that New Jersey businessman Robert Kramer had paid N.C. State basketball player Charles Shackleford to shave points.
Shackleford has admitted accepting $65,000 from two men during his last two years of college, but has denied any point shaving.
Meanwhile, two key sources in the ABC broadcast have divorced themselves from the point-shaving allegations, The News and Observer of Raleigh reported. One is Kelsey Weems, former N.C. State basketball player, who was disguised during the news report. In the broadcast, Keteyian said Weems was involved in point shaving.
But Weems's statements during the broadcast were vague. He never made a direct statement about being involved in any scheme, and his comments appeared to describe only how point shaving might occur. "When he was interviewed, it was taken out of context," Jerome Froelich Jr., Weems's attorney, said. He said Weems was shown answering a hypothetical question about point shaving.
Froelich also said the interview had been edited to make it appear that Weems had said "yes" when Keteyian had asked him: "Would you shave points again?"
A second person featured in the report, Angelo Carvana, reportedly has retracted his statement that Kramer was involved in point shaving.
Keteyian said he stands by his report. . . .
Hank Gathers's mother, who said a Loyola Marymount booster paid her son improperly, also saw the man give basketball teammate Bo Kimble money, it was reported.
Lawyer Bruce Fagel, representing the Gathers family in a wrongful death suit against Loyola and 13 other defendants, said university officials knew about the improper payments. "In Lucille Gathers's testimony, in her deposition, she says she saw Albert Gersten going around a dinner table after a game, peeling off money and giving it to the players," Fagel said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Kimble, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, wouldn't comment on the allegation. . . .
Quarterback Ty Detmer of Brigham Young has taken a beating since winning the Heisman Trophy. Texas A&M's pass rushers mauled him, separating his shoulders in the Aggies' 65-14 rout in Saturday's Holiday Bowl.
Preliminary indications from team doctors were that the quarterback won't need surgery but will require four to six weeks of rest.