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Telfair Questions Offer Now

February 11, 2005|From Associated Press

Portland Trail Blazer rookie Sebastian Telfair said Thursday that he was offered money during recruiting by someone claiming to represent Georgia Tech but wonders now if it was a hoax.

Telfair issued a statement that elaborated on the allegations made in a book that a Georgia Tech supporter offered the point guard $250,000.

Yellow Jacket Coach Paul Hewitt and Telfair denied the claims Wednesday. On Thursday, Telfair put a slightly different spin on the allegation.

"I was approached by a man who claimed to be associated with the Georgia Tech program and offered money. I dismissed the offer," Telfair said in the statement. "I've never had contact with Coach Hewitt or anyone with the Georgia Tech program regarding this incident, nor was I ever approached by anyone or offered anything at any other time. To this day, I'm not sure if it was a joke."

In the book titled "The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball," Ian O'Connor writes that a "person close to Telfair" said the offer was made at a game in Atlanta.


Connecticut leading scorer Rashad Anderson is not expected to play in a home game Sunday against North Carolina because of a skin abscess on his upper right leg, team officials said.

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