Attorney says Reggie Bush cooperated with NCAA
The day after the USC athletic department was hit with a series of major sanctions, the attorney for Reggie Bush rebutted an NCAA public report that stated her client did not fully cooperate with investigators.
Bush was at the center of numerous allegations that resulted in a postseason ban and scholarship reductions for the Trojans football program. The men's basketball and women's tennis teams were also penalized.
According to NCAA officials, the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback -- who now plays for the New Orleans Saints -- failed to provide requested information that could have substantiated his claim that he did not violate NCAA rules.
His attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said that although Bush was under no legal obligation, he sat down with officials from the NCAA, the Pacific 10 Conference and USC, answering questions for 11 hours.
"He did so because he wanted the NCAA to realize that, in fact, he had nothing to hide," said Holley, who has represented celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, as well as boxer Mike Tyson. "He wanted to help the situation, primarily to help USC."
Some of the documents mentioned in the NCAA report related to a Chevy Impala that Bush drove in college, a car that was allegedly paid for by a pair of would-be sports marketers in San Diego.
Holley said that Bush had lost the paperwork over the years.
-- David Wharton
Photo: New Orleans Saints running back and former USC standout Reggie Bush arrives at the 25th Anniversary of Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on May 23. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.