Ex-UCLA Basketball Player Ineligible To Win Car She Won During Halftime Shooting Contest

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During UCLA’s game against Fresno State on Friday night, former UCLA basketball player Nicole Kornet spectacularly made a layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot in succession.

Everyone in attendance and on the internet assumed Kornet, who averaged 7.7 ppg as a Bruin, won herself the usual prize for hitting all four shots, a brand new car. This assumption was reinforced by Kornet, who tweeted after the game, “I JUST WON A CAR. THAT WAS EASY.’

Not so fast.

A UCLA spokesperson wrote in an email obtained by ESPN that Nicole was never eligible to win a car.

“Nicole was selected to do the supershot game at halftime, but there was no prize on the line, and the game was not represented as such. They were aware all along that she was ineligible for any prize, as was Nicole. She did not sign a contract, and there was no mention of her playing for a car — or any prize — during the game.”

Kornet, sister of New York Knick Luke Kornet,


As For The Win points out, Kornet’s status as an ex-UCLA basketball player automatically deemed her ineligible to win contest prizes, a tactic used by sponsors to reduce the chances of shelling out more than they’d like.

Because of the sums of money involved, companies like SCA Promotions carefully screen their contestants. If a potential participant has ever played professional basketball, or if he or she has played on the high school or college level within five years, the person is deemed ineligible. [via]

In the end, all Nicole received on her birthday for her shooting prowess was a viral video. Unfortunately, those don’t win you shit.


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