Frank Martin comments on PJ Dozier allegations
P.J. Dozier, standing alongside his celebrated former teammates, waved to the Colonial Life Arena crowd. The son and nephew of former South Carolina basketball players was the first to help a Gamecocks team to the Final Four.
Dozier was in Columbia on Feb. 17 as part of the program’s “Legends Weekend.” He was honored at halftime of USC’s upset over 10th-ranked Auburn, collecting his East Regional championship ring next to Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and Justin McKie.
Flash ahead a week later and Dozier was mentioned in a lengthy Yahoo Sports report as one of several players who allegedly received financial benefits from the ASM Sports agency while in college.
According to the report, Dozier “received at least $6,115 while in school.” USC coach Frank Martin addressed the report during a Monday press conference at CLA.
Martin referenced the fact that Dozier’s alleged transaction with ASM was not listed in the report’s attached documents.
“Was P.J.’s name on the ledgers?” Martin said. “I saw it in the article. They (print) the ledgers. I read everything, and his name wasn’t on the ledgers. Why not? They printed everyone else’s name. I know what I read, they didn’t print P.J.’s name on the ledgers. I read the article and saw P.J.’s name on it.”
Dozier, a point guard who’s now in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s organization, is the son of Perry Dozier, who played for the Gamecocks from 1986-88. P.J.’s uncle, Terry, scored 1,445 points for USC from 1986-89.
“P.J. and his family are unbelievable,” Martin said. “ … What that family’s done for this school and what this school’s done for that family, I would be shocked if they would do anything that would go against the integrity, the values that (Carolina athletics director) Ray Tanner, (president) Harris Pastides and this university stand for. I would be shocked, or else he wouldn’t have come to school here.”
Martin said he expects Dozier to speak on the situation at some point. Attempts by The State to reach Perry Dozier, Spring Valley’s coach, were not returned.
“I can tell you he’s crushed that his name’s been drug into this nonsense,” Martin said. “I’d be surprised. I’m not the investigator, but I’d be surprised if he’s in the middle of any of this. I’d be surprised.”