Jeweler won’t talk to NCAA

Published 1:24 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

DALLAS (AP) — The New York jeweler suing former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas isn’t interested in speaking to the NCAA.

Mike Bowers, an attorney for the firm, said an NCAA official contacted him Monday to see whether someone from Rafaello & Co. would agree to be interviewed about the firm’s lawsuit asserting that Thomas purchased nearly $100,000 in jewelry while playing for Duke’s 2010 national championship team.

Bowers said the company, which caters to professional athletes and other celebrities, declined because of the pending litigation.

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“My client has no interest in going beyond the merchandise Mr. Thomas took and didn’t pay for,” Bowers said.