The NCAA has fired Abigail Grantstein, its lead investigator during the organization's eligibility probe of UCLA freshman basketball star Shabazz Muhammad, multiple people close to the situation told The Times on Thursday.
The NCAA did not return multiple messages seeking comment, and Grantstein did not return a phone call, but people not authorized to speak publicly confirmed her departure, which was first reported by The Times on Twitter.
Her firing comes a month after The Times reported that an attorney overheard Grantstein's boyfriend loudly discussing Muhammad's case on an airplane in early August, before key facts of the case had been gathered. The boyfriend indicated that Grantstein would make sure Muhammad never became eligible because he had broken rules.
The NCAA did, in fact, declare Muhammad ineligible, citing a violation of its amateurism rules, specifically that he accepted impermissible travel benefits on three unofficial recruiting trips.