UCLA looking into Shabazz’s Gucci backpack

Update: UCLA says backpack-gate now closed.

News out of Los Angeles is that UCLA officials are looking into the Gucci backpack that Shabazz Muhammad was sporting during post-game interviews after the Bruins beat host Arizona on Thursday night.

ESPN Los Angeles reported that school compliance officials are investigating the matter.

Most UCLA athletes use school-issued backpacks that include the school logo, the sport they play and their uniform number. Muhammad, however, was sporting what appeared to be a Gucci backpack. The Gucci website shows men’s backpacks ranging in price from $990 to $2,370.

Nobody asked Muhammad about the backpack during the interview session, so it’s unclear if it’s real or a knockoff or how a college student came about owning such a pricey bag. Howland declined to say whether the issue was being overblown.

Meanwhile, Muhammad’s sister took to twitter to claim that she bought the backpack as a gift for her brother.

Pat Forde’s column on Muhammad after UCLA’s win over Arizona brought the subject to light.

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