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The suit centers around a request made to flight attendants by Ndiaye for ice during a flight. Ndiaye wanted the ice for a sore back, but instead received dry ice from the attendants, the suit claims. The dry ice caused "severe burns" to his lower back, which then resulted in Ndiaye's "inability to earn a living" as a professional basketball player.
Ndiaye, originally from Senegal, was recently cut by the Orlando Magic.
American Airlines is pursuing a vigorous defense, having subpoenaed the University for "any and all" records relating to Ndiaye's athletic, academic, and medical history at North Carolina. The alleged incident came at a difficult time for Ndiaye. Just two months prior, in March, 1998,
Ndiaye had accused a Utah player of racial slurs made durng the NCAA Semifinals, only to recant his statement later. Then, in an incident that occurred the same month as the dry ice episode, Ndiaye allegedly attacked a friend who was driving him to Raleigh. Although an assault charge was later dropped, Ndiaye was found guilty of communicating threats.
Here's what the Detroit Free Press and Coach K say about Makhtar:
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March 12, 1998
Makhtar Ndiaye contributed untimely fouls, complaints to officials, hot-dogging and little elseto the Michigan Wolverines in two seasons. He has changed schools but not, apparently, his waysat North Carolina.
Ndiaye, a senior center/forward, drew verbal daggers from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for two acts that Coach K took to be not those of a sportsman.
Krzyzewski said Ndiaye stared at the Duke bench and ran his thumb across his neck as the TarHeels pulled away Sunday to a victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, and said he saw Ndiaye jump ontothe scorer's table and taunt Duke fans after the game.
"I don't think you jump on the scorer's table and yell at the opponent's fans," Coach K said. "Those kinds of things can incite a riot.
"If that ever happened with one of our players ...it would never happen with one of our players -- that kid would never play again."
Thursday, April 2, 1998
Ndiaye wants anger counseling; student AG to investigate
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina senior Makhtar
Ndiaye wants to enter an anger management counseling program
after falsely accusing an opponent of using a racial slur at the Final
Four, the school says.
Also, the school's attorney general will determine if Ndiaye violated
the school's code of conduct with his false accusation.
Athletic director Dick Baddour said the case was turned over to the
attorney general by UNC's Division of Student Affairs. The athletic
department will help Ndiaye receive the counseling, Baddour said.
"As upset as he was after the loss to Utah, he is even more
disconsolate about the controversy that has been a result of his
postgame comments," Baddour said. "He is sorry if this incident has
embarrassed the university and the basketball program."
Ndiaye (pronounced Jeye) accused Utah player Britton Johnsen of
making a slur during Saturday's semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
Ndiaye has since retracted his accusations.
Ndiaye said Saturday night that Johnsen, who is white, used the
epithet during the semifinal, which Utah won 65-59. Johnsen denied
using the slur and said Ndiaye spat on him.
Ndiaye said he sent a letter of apology to Johnsen about the false
accusation. Johnsen stood by his claim that Ndiaye spit on him
during the game. Ndiaye denied spitting on Johnsen.
At North Carolina, the student attorney general conducts a
preliminary investigation, then decides if there's enough evidence to
bring the case before the court, school officials said.
Under the student code of conduct, students can be brought to the
honor court for offenses such as cheating, lying, assault, stealing and
If a violation is found, the case goes to a hearing before five
students. If a defendant is found guilty, the penalty could be a written
reprimand, probation, suspension or recommendation for expulsion.
Ndiaye, 24, has had his share of trouble the last two months.
Published reports indicated he made an obscene gesture during an
second round NCAA tournament game. Against Duke on Feb. 5,
Ndiaye had to be physically restrained by coach Bill Guthridge after
receiving a technical and fouling out of the game. Nine days later, he
claimed a Maryland fan yelled a racial slur at him from the stands in
Chapel Hill. Terrapins officials denied the charges.
Chancellor Michael Hooker said Tuesday he was outraged by the
Final Four incident. He had suggested that the Student Judicial
Board -- or undergraduate court -- might handle the case.
"I know he's from Senegal and a different culture," Hooker said.
"But you would think being in the U.S. as long as he has that you just
don't falsely accuse people of racism. ... I'm still in shock.
"I'm aware that Makhtar had trouble controlling his temper on the
court. But he had time to think. ... We take pride in building
character. It's the greatest justification for athletics -- education,
building character. In this case, I guess you would say we failed."
Hooker said he sent letters of apology to Johnsen, Utah coach Rick
Majerus and university president Bernard Machen.
"It's a sad way to end what should have been a great season,"
Hooker said. "It cast a negative on the season."
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