September 09, 2000 09:00pm
UAH Tennis Player Declared Ineligible for Posing Nude
(HUNTSVILLE, AL) -- A University of Alabama-Huntsville tennis player has been declared ineligible by the NCAA because she was paid for posing nude.
Roseleena Blair, a 19-year-old sophomore from Honolulu, did the photo shoot in June for ``Sexy Girls In Sports,'' a Playboy publication.
``This is very unfortunate,'' Alabama-Huntsville athletic director Jim Harris said. ``She just made a simple error in judgment. When I talked to her she didn't have an idea what she did was a violation of an NCAA rule.''
Blair was suspended as soon as school officials learned of the photo shoot, Harris said.
Blair said she had done some modeling in the past, but this was the first time she had modeled nude. She refused to comment further.
Harris said Blair will participate in an educational workshop for student-athletes on rules and regulations next week. Harris said the school will seek to have Blair reinstated before the spring semester.