CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - According to The Washington Post, A Citadel basketball recruit is asking to be released from his letter of intent with the school because of the "white hoods" photos that emerged and caused controversy at the school last month.
Kabir Mohammed is from Nigeria and attends National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland.
He has sent a letter to The Citadel and to the NCAA seeking to be released from his letter of intent, which he signed last November.
School officials at The Citadel say, "We have received his request to be released from his national letter of intent and are reviewing the matter at this time."
In an interview with The Washington Post, Mohammed said that he is uncomfortable with The Citadel after photos were shown on social media depicting cadets singing Christmas carols while wearing white pillowcases over their heads. Many believed that the pillowcases strongly resembled the white hoods worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
"It was messed up," Mohammed told The Post. "I talked to my family and my coach about the situation, and it was not a good move for me because this is not the first time something like this has happened at the Citadel."
In order to play at another school without losing a year of eligibility, Kabir must be released from his letter of intent. The Citadel has 30 days to respond to his request, according to NCAA rules.
Mohammed, a 6-3 guard, is averaging 17 points for National Christian. Kabir's legal guardian is National Christian junior varsity coach Shawn Harmon.
Citadel president Lt. Gen. John Rosa called the incident "offensive and disturbing" and suspended the cadets involved. An investigation by the Citadel into the incident is ongoing.
"I couldn't send somebody else's child into a situation I wouldn't send my own child into," Harmon told The Post. "It's nothing against (Baucom) or his basketball program, but from an institutional standpoint, there's a problem institutionally when young men can do something like that and don't understand the repercussions of it or how it would be perceived by somebody of color."