UA President, ABOR release statements on basketball scandal

UA President, ABOR release statements on basketball scandal

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins has released an official statement on the status of Emanuel Richardson, who was implicated Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the FBI's basketball investigation:

"I have directed the University of Arizona to initiate an independent investigation into the alleged actions of Emanuel Richardson and to retain an external law firm to conduct the investigation. 
We also have reviewed the specific factual allegations in the criminal complaint and have initiated the dismissal process against Mr. Richardson. 
The University of Arizona expects everyone who is part of our campus community to adhere to the highest ethical standards of behavior. Arizona Athletics has a strong culture of compliance that begins at the top and extends throughout the organization. Specifically, the athletics department has a documented history of strengthening institutional control by being proactive and comprehensive through rules education and program monitoring."

The Arizona Board of Regents also released a statement from ABOR Chair Bill Ridenour on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

"The conduct alleged against Emanuel Richardson is absolutely unacceptable. To be clear, the Arizona Board of Regents expects our employees and students to act with the utmost legal and ethical behavior.
Basketball is a beloved sport at the University of Arizona and throughout Arizona. Such illegal – and unethical – behavior is harmful to those we are most committed to serve and educate – the students. It also violates the spirit and purpose of collegiate sport and its essential construct – the student athlete.
President Robbins and the UA are fully cooperating with the FBI as the investigation continues, and the University's Athletics Compliance unit has initiated its own internal investigation based on NCAA rules. Richardson was immediately suspended from his position when the University learned of the charges. Further review of his employment contract is underway. President Robbins has full authorization to engage any external resources and undertake any other reviews necessary to assure the integrity and dignity of the UA Men's Basketball Program.
We will maintain our responsibility as stewards of the public trust, especially our students, alumni and fans, in the days and weeks to come. The board will receive additional legal advice regarding the federal investigation and the University's NCAA obligations at its board meeting this week."

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