Feb. 15, 1998
LOS ANGELES--Jelani McCoy announced today that he has decided to resign from the UCLA basketball program effective immediately. McCoy stated that the intense media scrutiny and pressure that he has endured for many months has exacted a toll on himself and his family which was proving disruptive to his ability to concentrate on playing basketball.
He further stated that these events were certain to cause a distraction to Coach Steve Lavin and his teammates as the team completes the remainder of the regular schedule and moves forward into the NCAA Tournament. Because of the potential for continued distraction and disruption, McCoy believes it would be better to leave the team now and allow his teammates to become accustomed to playing without his participation.
McCoy stated he wishes the UCLA Bruin program well for the remainder of the season and the NCAA tournament. He said he intends to remain a full-time student at UCLA for the remainder of the academic year. He further stated that, beyond this press release, he will make no further comment concerning the resignation.
The UCLA Athletic Department is prohibited by the U.S. and California constitutions and applicable privacy statutes (including the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and California's Information Practices Act) from making any comment concerning the reasons for the resignation other than as disclosed by McCoy.