OKLAHOMA CITY — A college basketball player who won $20,000 for hitting a half-court shot at an Oklahoma City Thunder game may have to either forfeit the money or his eligibility to play college sports.
Cameron Rodriguez, a 23-year-old sophomore forward for Winfield, Kan.-based Southwestern College, sank the promotional shot on Nov. 8 during the Thunder’s home game against the Denver Nuggets.
Southwestern athletic director Dave Denly says the college’s governing body for athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money he would lose his amateur status. The school has appealed, asking if the money can be accepted in the form of a scholarship.
NAIA spokesman Chad Waller confirmed the organization is looking into the matter and said a ruling could take two weeks.
Source: Associated Press Thunder Fan May Have to Return $20,000 by Damian Arbuckle