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Two Georgia Tech Basketball Players Suspended For Accepting Benefits

Two Georgia Tech Basketball Players Suspended For Accepting Benefits
From Deadspin - November 14, 2017

Georgia Tech basketball senior Tadric Jackson and sophomore Josh Okogie have each been suspended three and six games, respectively, by the NCAA after accepting benefits from Ron Bell, a former friend of Yellowjackets head coach Josh Pastner.

The school self-reported the violations to the NCAA earlier in November, holding out the players for their season opener against UCLA (which will count as part of the suspension). According to Georgia Tech, the players received plane tickets, shoes, and apparel from Bell. Okogies benefits were valued at around $750, and Jacksons were around $525.

However, Bell told CBS that the benefits totaled more than what Georgia Tech reported:

(Bell) said he also spent about $500 on groceries for the players when they stayed at his house from May 9-13, and he provided photo evidence of Okogie and Jackson in his swimming pool. The NCAA should also be considering, he said, a 220-mile roundtrip ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Bells house in Tucson, which Bell said he provided for both players, as an impermissible benefit. And after adding up other various expenses, including a $120 meal Bell said he had with Okogie and Jackson at a Houstons in Atlanta, the 51 year-old who works in the real estate business concluded hes definitely given Okogie more than $750 and Jackson more than $525 in impermissible benefits.

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