UM alum ac­cused in re­cruit tiff

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY JAMES HAWKINS The Detroit News

When Michi­gan fell short in its long-pur­sued re­cruit­ment of prized prospect Mo­hamed Bamba, it seemed to be the clos­ing chap­ter. But it ap­pears there’s more to the story.

Ibrahim John­son, the Texas signee’s older brother, recorded a pro­fan­ity-filled, 22-minute video on Face­book live Wed­nes­day night that he claims tells the “true story” of Bamba’s re­cruit­ment.

While loung­ing pool­side shirt­less wear­ing a black snap­back, John­son “ex­poses” the al­leged re­la­tion­ship be­tween Bamba and fi­nan­cial ad­viser Greer Love, vice pres­i­dent at Detroit-based in­vest­ment firm Huron Cap­i­tal.

John­son al­leges Love, a Michi­gan alum­nus, gave Bamba cash and gifts, in­clud­ing va­ca­tions to Orlando and San Diego, a king­sized bed, a TV and shoes, in hopes of work­ing with Bamba.

“He’s not go­ing to play this year be­cause I al­ready re­ported him to the NCAA,” John­son said. “I’m go­ing to meet with the NCAA and he’s not go­ing to play this year.”

John­son said Love came into the pic­ture last sum­mer and caused a rift to form be­tween he and his brother. John­son added “all hell broke loose” af­ter he dis­closed his in­ten­tions to go to grad school wher­ever Bamba went, be­come a sports agent and rep­re­sent Bamba in the fu­ture.

“He took my brother’s soul from him,” John­son said of Love.

When reached by The News for com­ment, Love re­ferred to a state­ment he gave 247Sports that de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.


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