Lawsuit: Duke Player Purchased $100,000 In Jewelry

DALLAS (AP) -- A starter on Duke's 2010 national champion basketball team purchased nearly $100,000 in custom jewelry during that season from a New York firm that caters to professional athletes and is now being sued for failing to pay the balance of what he owes.

A lawsuit filed in Austin, Texas, by the jeweler says Lance Thomas purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry at a cost of $97,800 on Dec. 21, 2009, in the middle of his senior season.

The document indicates he made a $30,000 down payment and received $67,800 in credit, which remains unpaid.

A Duke spokesman says the university knows about the lawsuit and is looking into it. A spokeswoman for the NCAA says the organization also is aware of the matter and in communication with the university.

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