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UA men's basketball junior forward Richard Jefferson was suspended on Saturday for accepting personal gifts, causing him and head coach Lute Olson to lash out against the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
Jefferson was declared ineligible prior to the Wildcats' 101-41 victory against Saint Mary's (Calif.) for accepting an NBA Finals ticket and plane ticket for a flight to Tucson from teammate Luke Walton's father, former professional basketball player Bill Walton.
Jefferson was in San Diego, Calif., in June for Walton's brother's high school graduation party, and the elder Walton had purchased tickets to the basketball game for the Walton's family gardener.
The gardener turned down the tickets, and Bill Walton offered them to Luke and Jefferson.