- Peter Yoon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- UCLA's compliance department has investigated the designer backpack star freshman Shabazz Muhammad wore during postgame interviews Thursday night after he scored 23 points in the Bruins' 84-73 upset of No. 6 Arizona.
"The UCLA Athletics Compliance Office has confirmed that men's basketball players Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson (who also had a designer model backpack) received items in question as gifts from their respective families, and the matter is closed," UCLA's athletic department said in a statement Friday night.
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. UCLA coach Ben Howland declined to say whether the issue was being overblown.
Muhammad's sister, Asia Muhammad, a professional tennis player, took to Twitter to defend her brother. She tweeted directly to Pat Forde -- the author of the Yahoo! Sports column that first mentioned the backpack -- that she and her mother gave the backpack to Muhammad as a birthday gift.
"I have the original receipt if you need to verify that," Asia Muhammad wrote to Forde. "[Shabazz] doesn't need anything from anyone except his family. ... You're barking up the wrong tree on this one."
UCLA's compliance department is looking into the designer backpack star freshman Shabazz Muhammad wore during postgame interviews Thursday night after he scored 23 points in UCLA's 84-73 upset over No. 6 Arizona.