Clemons speaks out

Ex-basketball player tells radio station he stands by recordings.
Friday, December 12, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:28 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

KANSAS CITY — Breaking his near total silence, ex-MU basketball player Ricky Clemons has told a radio network he stands by accusations caught on jailhouse recordings that he received money from MU coaches.

In the interview, to air today on the James Brown Show on The Sporting News radio network, Clemons also says he’s not surprised that former teammates Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson — who Clemons said from jail also got money — have denied it.

“Those are my teammates — I played with them. I stick by everything that was said in the recordings,” Clemons said. “Nobody is supposed to say they get money. Anybody in the country that goes to a big-time college is not supposed to say they get money.”

Excerpts of Clemons’ interview were posted Thursday night on

“Everybody is coming at me and making it seem like it’s my fault,” Clemons said. “If you’re going to categorize the people that are receiving the money, then they can’t get the money unless the people at the university give it to them. I just don’t want people to think that the stuff that’s going on is solely blamed on me.”

In statements issued Wednesday through the MU Athletic Department, Johnson and Paulding said they couldn’t comment on specific allegations because of the NCAA investigation.

However, each statement concluded with an identical comment: “All I can say is that we have not ever received any impermissible benefits, including cash, from any of our coaches.”

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