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November 19, 2013

UofL finds no NCAA issue in Ware controversy

After news broke via WHAS-TV Monday that Louisville guard and national celebrity Kevin Ware had missed a court appearance for a speeding ticket, speculation ran wild that Ware may have committed a NCAA violation.

Then speculation on Twitter shifted to Chane Behanan and a ticket he got in late-summer while driving someone else's car.

Sometimes Twitter can be a helpful tool. Other times it can create chaos around a story, causing inaccuracies to pop up around a breaking story. Such is the case with Kevin Ware and Chane Behanan.

After nearly 24 hours of speculation, more information has come out about both situations.

University of Louisville spokesperson Kenny Klein confirmed to CardinalSports.com that the University has checked into the Kevin Ware matter and found no NCAA issue.

Ware was driving a car belonging to Matt Case, a UofL graduate who is enrolled at UofL working towards a chemical engineering degree. Ware and Case are friends and Case let Ware drive his car to Bowling Green, Ky. Ware was pulled over and got a ticket for going 95 in a 55 miles per hour zone.

He then missed his court date and was forced to reschedule to Nov. 25. That's when the controversy started, fueled primarily by Kentucky fans hoping a UofL player may have done something against NCAA rules.

On the Behanan issue, Kentucky fans on Twitter went wild with speculation that Behanan was driving a car belonging to a UofL contractor, Chris Washington of Nelligan Sports.

Sources tell CardinalSports.com that the Chris and Tammy Washington who own the car that Behanan was driving are the parents of the Chris Washington who works for Nelligan Sports. His sister, a UofL student, typically drives the car, and was in the car with Behanan when he was pulled over.

Sources say neither issues are expected to require either player to miss game time, but UofL's compliance office will continue to monitor the situation to make sure no information was missed and no NCAA violations occurred.

Stay logged on to CardinalSports.com for more information as it breaks on this story.

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