Saturday, March 30, 2013

Basketball business man William Wesley escorted out of Lucas Oil Stadium by security

The man known as William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley was escorted out of Lucas Oil Stadium Friday night after security was given specific instructions not to let the man in the venue.

According to Kent Taylor of WAVE-TV, Wesley escorted out of the stadium by security right before tip-off of the Louisville-Oregon game.

So, who exactly is the Worldwide Wes guy? Well, he currently works as a consultant for Creative Artists Agency, and has a reputation for gaining close relationships with numerous high profile NBA players, owners, coaches, and agents. He is considered to be one of the most influential men in the business side of basketball.

Dan Wolken has more on the story...

A picture of William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes men in basketball, was distributed to security guards at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday at the Midwest Regional semifinal along with instructions to keep him out of credentialed areas.

"We were told not to let him in," said one female security guard, who declined to give her name to USA TODAY Sports. Asked for clarification, her immediate supervisor in the area responded with "No comment."

Bill Potter, NCAA media coordinator for the site, said Wesley would be allowed in the building with a ticket but not into areas that require a credential, just like the general public. Wesley, however, isn't exactly the general public.

The idea that the NCAA would target the mysterious Wesley – and distribute pictures of him to security guards near the court – is one of the more interesting developments of the NCAA tournament. Especially because Wesley has long been seen around college players and high school prospects, even at NCAA-controlled events.

Coincidentally, Wesley was removed from the crowd just a few minutes after Wolken's story was published online.

The NCAA's goal of keeping Wesley away from the behind-the-scenes action has become one of the more intriguing off-the-court stories of the tournament. And it leads many to ponder several questions.

NCAA officials did not respond to an immediate request for comment.

Louisville went on to push past Oregon to advance to the Elite Eight. Duke raced past Michigan State in the night cap and will face top seed Louisville on Sunday. The winner moves on to the Final Four.

Via Deadspin