The uncle of former Memphis Tigers forward Pierre Henderson-Niles is accusing Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari of using a pay-for-play scheme while at Memphis.
Stephen Saine, the uncle and former guardian Henderson-Niles, sent an email to the NCAA detailing his allegations of Calipari paying the player to come to Memphis:
This memo/email is addressed to the legislative branch of the NCAA. I am Pastor Stephen Saine. I was the guardian of a former University of Memphis student athlete.
I share this not to bring dishonor to the University of Memphis or the men’s basketball program, but to: 1) do the right thing and 2) help make sure what happened then is no longer prevalent not only at the UofM but in college athletics in general.
When Jartavious Pierre Henderson-Niles played basketball at the UofM he did so with a pay-for-play arrangement I had with the UofM men’s basketball coaching staff.
I received regular payments from one of John Calipari’s assistant coaches (Derek Kellogg) starting Pierre’s senior year of high school through his junior year at the University of Memphis.
This is an issue I would have addressed with the UofM and members of their former coaching staff but as you can imagine, I felt it would have fallen on deaf ears.
In four years at Memphis, Henderson-Niles never averaging more than 5.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in a season. He graduated in 2010, and hasn’t played for any notable professional leagues.
As for Henderson-Niles himself, he claims that he has no connection to these allegations. Current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, who coached Henderson-Niles during his senior year and was an assistant under Calipari from 2008-2009, said he had never heard these allegations before and doesn’t believe that they are true.
As it turns out, Saine has recently written an autobiography detailing his rise from a life of crime to religious leader, and is currently shopping publishers for his work.
It sure helps when you’ve got this much attention being paid to you. That said, the NCAA will probably take this more seriously than the rampant academic scandal at North Carolina.
Here’s an old post in which Henderson-Niles wrote to Memphis fans about his time at the university.
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