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Rice basketball players transfer amid controversy

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Racial slurs and discrimination, that may be why at least two Rice owl basketball players transferred out of state.

Tonight, new details are surfacing about the alleged verbal abuse by the athletic director.

We're learning the players applied for what's called "a hardship waiver." It can only

be granted by the NCAA under "special circumstances" and in most cases players have to wait at least a year before being eligible to play for a new team.

However, in this particular case, we understand the two players who transferred were never benched.

"If this stuff is true, it's just sad," said Rich Lord, one of the hosts at Sports Radio 610.

They've been taking calls all day about the recent allegations and it seems everyone has an opinion.

Allegations of racial discrimination surfaced against the Rice Owls athletic director Rick Greenspan after the Arsalan Kazemi applied for the waiver to transfer to Oregon.

Kazemi is of middle eastern decent and he claims Greenspan routinely insulted him and at least two other players because of their heritage.

In a recent article, Sports Illustrated printed details from Kazemi's waiver request (a document that's not public record).

It alleges Greenspan would make comments like, "All you need is a backpack and you are ready to bomb the school."

Kazemi also claims that on road trips Greenspan would instruct TSA to thoroughly search the bags of the middle eastern players because of their heritage said Lord.

The NCAA is currently investigating the matter and meanwhile they released a statement saying, "Rice does not stand in the way of student athletes who wish to compete elsewhere."

However, the efforts by USC and Oregon to set aside NCAA rules have included unfound claims of discrimination and as a result Rice opposed the granting of the waivers and will address the allegations of discrimination in appropriate forums."

"I have no faith in the NCAA that they're gonna do the right thing. Ultimately, what's gonna happen is there will be a couple of prepared statements. It's going to get swept under the rug," said Fred Davis, co host with Sports Radio 610.

Former assistant coach Marco Morcos' name was also mentioned in the waiver. His contract was not renewed with the University, and he has since filed a complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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