BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A relative and family friend both say
they helped former Kentucky player Eric Bledsoe and his mother pay
rent when he was in school in Birmingham, and that it wasn't paid
by his high school coach.
Billy Fagnes told The Birmingham News in a story Wednesday that
he paid most of the rent on the two-bedroom house where Bledsoe and
his mother, Maureen Reddick, lived during his senior year at Parker
High School. Fagnes is Reddick's cousin.
Family friend Jerome McMullin said Parker coach Maurice Ford
found Bledsoe and his mother an affordable home but McMullin helped
pay about three months' rent.
Both men said Ford did not pay any rent. The New York Times
reported in May that the NCAA was investigating the academic
history and recruitment of Bledsoe. That story quoted the family's
landlord as saying that Ford paid at least three months rent.