ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A Seattle businessman drafted a scholarship deal to give money from a foundation he runs to suspended University of Michigan basketball player Jamal Crawford, a newspaper reports.
The Detroit Free Press says the agreement was never signed but bears the names of Crawford and Barry Henthorn, a businessman who established the Academic Assistance Foundation.
Under the agreement, Crawford would promote the foundation.
The foundation lists the same address as Henthorn’s Seattle corporate offices for Innovative Communications Technologies, a long-distance telephone company.
The NCAA has suspended Crawford, a 6-foot-6 freshman guard and leading scorer at Michigan, for six games on charges he violated rules concerning amateurism based on his relationship with Henthorn.
The NCAA has been continuing its investigation of the relationship.
Crawford, who cannot play until the Wolverines home game against Purdue Feb. 24, lived with Henthorn for three years while in high school. The basketball star had his mother’s permission to do so.