- Virginia’s Kyle Guy said he and his fiancée were not allowed to start their wedding registry because of NCAA rules.
- Guy said he didn’t want to argue with the NCAA and would revisit the registry after the NCAA Tournament.
- NCAA President Mark Emmert disputed the comments on Thursday, saying a wedding registry is not in violation of NCAA rules and that he is unsure who told Guy it was a violation.
Virginia men’s basketball junior guard Kyle Guy said he was told that he and his fiancée will have to delay their wedding registry for a while.
Guy’s fiancée, Alexa Jenkins, reportedly tweeted that NCAA rules prevent Guy from starting a registry, presumably because it would violate amateurism rules.
Guy was asked about it by a reporter who saw Jenkins’ tweet and said he was told he couldn’t start a registry.
“That was crazy to me that that’s illegal because that’s what a registry is for,” Guy said, according to a USA Today Sports video. “NCAA said it was illegal, so not going to argue with it right now.”
Guy said he and Jenkins would look into it again once the basketball season is over.
College athletes are not paid and are not allowed to receive compensation for endorsing products or receiving products as gifts.
At a press conference on Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert disputed the story, saying a wedding registry is not a violation of the rules.
“I heard about that just as I was walking in just now, and I immediately grabbed my people and said, ‘What’s this all about?'” Emmert said. “What we know right now is that nobody in the NCAA said anything of the sort. We don’t know what the source of that information was, whether it came from the institution or not. It’s certainly not the case that that’s a violation of NCAA rules. We allow people to have all the usual and accustomed gifts among families and friends at all holidays and weddings of the sort. There’s not a prohibition against that.
“We’ve been reaching back out already to the university to try to find out what transpired there. That’s simply an inaccurate story.”
Watch Guy’s response below:
Virginia's Kyle Guy and his fiancee can't start their wedding registry because NCAA. pic.twitter.com/kuFB3O8A0f
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