Controversy re-igniting over allegations by former Rice athlete

Arsalan Kazemi, pictured above, transferred to Oregon earlier this year. He says while at Rice, Athletic Director Rick Greenspan repeatedly made insulting and discriminating remarks. (AP)
March 29, 2013 4:23:40 PM PDT
A Sports Illustrated online article is re-igniting controversy over a former Rice basketball player currently helping Oregon make a Sweet 16 run.

Former Rice Owl Arsalan Kazemi, who is from Iran, last year filed a hardship waiver, claiming while at Rice, Athletic Director Rick Greenspan repeatedly made insulting and discriminating remarks to Kazeimi and two other Middle Eastern teammates.

Kazemi was allowed to transfer and compete this season with the Oregon Ducks, who find themselves in a Sweet 16 matchup.

The article alleging discrimination at Rice University has gained a lot of attention because Kazemi has become a key player for Oregon. Rice University still refuses to go on camera and referred us to its initial response from November of last year, adamantly denying the accusations.


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