Friday, January 16, 2009

Embattled Mizzou Player Turns to MC Hammer: Can't Touch This

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Wednesday I wrote about the strange case of Mizzou freshman guard Miguel Paul and his supposed relationship to Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets.

Miguel has claimed that he and Chris are cousins and that his older relative (and NBA All-Star) visited him a few years back after a high-school basketball game. He left his younger cousin with the inspirational pearl: Play with your head and just have fun.

This week it was revealed that Chris Paul has never heard of Miguel Paul (right). The familial mix-up quickly became Internet fodder. Yesterday Mizzou officials tried to clear the air.

In a story in the Kansas City Star MU reps say they talked to Paul's parents, who told them that they were invited to a Paul Family Reunion one time by James Paul, Chris Paul's uncle.

As to Miguel's story of meeting Chris Paul after a basketball game? Apparently it was an embellishment of few equals. (Fitting, perhaps, that the Mizzou media guide lists Miguel's favorite song as MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This.")  

Says MU coach Mike Anderson: "Miguel's situation. He's a part of that (Paul) family. Maybe not as big a part as he thought he was."

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