Winston-Salem - Both Winston-Salem State University and the Chris Paul Foundation want to know if counterfeiters had a hand in a ticket problem at Saturday night's pick up game featuring several NBA greats.
"We are devastated." was the reaction from WSSU's Director of Public and Media Relations Nancy Young.
Some fans were complaining that they had bought tickets and couldn't get into the game. Young says the school printed 2,853 tickets for a gym that holds about 3,000. Still, well over 3,000 ticket holders showed up. Young says that it is a "terrible thing to happen during a once in a lifetime charity event."
Besides Chris Paul himself, the game featured NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, John Wall and a host of others. Chris Paul, a Guard for the New Orleans Hornets sent the following tweet tonight:
Chris Paul: "I love my hometown and community and tonight's game was my way to give back. Too bad someone thought it was cool to sell fake tix ...
Despite the challenge, the game was a huge success. The CP3 Foundation raised between 100 and 120 Thousand dollars tonight. A portion of that will go to WSSU's Athletic program.
It is not clear how much money will have to be refunded to legitimate ticket holders because of suspected counterfeiters".
The Chris Paul Foundation presented the WSSU Athletics Department with a check for $25,000. Young said they don't know if that money will be used to refund the tickets. She said people who didn't get in should get in touch with the WSSU ticket office.
Young also said the campus police department will investigate the ticket situation, as well as the head of security for the Chris Paul Foundation.
The telephone number of the WSSU ticket office is 336-750-3220.