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Oklahoma's Nick Basquine Releases Statement Regarding His Father

Nick Basquine's statement about his father.

Oklahoma wide receiver Nick Basquine has released a statement on his father.

Oklahoma sophomore wide receiver Nick Basquine, who walked onto the team in 2014, has become a real asset for the program. This year, he's hauled in 12 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns - helping lead the Sooners to a 5-2 record. With the success has come more attention - and apparently, comparisons to his father, Anthony Stafford, who played for OU from 1985-1988.

Basquine took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to issue a statement on his father. In short, Basquine, who was raised by his mother and has no relationship with his father, would prefer the media not mention Stafford when writing about his accomplishments. He also made it clear that any "rumors" of Stafford being part of his life aren't true.

Here's his statement.

"In light of the tremendous honor and privilege to represent the University of Oklahoma, I find it necessary to make this statement, due to a personal issue that has recently become a glaring distraction. To remain respectful to all involved, details will be spared to make sure no one is degraded or put down. My sole intention is to have some of my wishes respected, not only for myself, but for my family, as I feel this is what they deserve and what is appropriate.

I come from a single-parent home and was raised by my mother. My parents divorced when I was extremely young and I do not have any recollection of my father or memories that we share, as they don't exist. I do not know him and I don't have a relationship with him. I have one older brother, named AJ. This is the only sibling I have. My mother, Mary, has worked 2, sometimes 3 jobs, to provide more than enough for my brother and I, to support our ambitions, and did so without complaint. My brother and I changed our last name to have our mother's maiden name, Basquine. We did this in order to honor our mother and pay our respect for everything she has done for us. She is the one who raised us, instilled the ethics, morals, values, and integrity you see when I stand before all who meet me. Our lives are a representation of this great woman. She is my rock and the reason I am the person I am today. She did everything for me and my brother on her own and she did so flawlessly.

In regard to my biological father, this is the first time and last time I hope to address him and this matter. He as well played for the University of Oklahoma, but his accomplishments are his own, as mine as my own. Mentioning him in anything that involves me or my accomplishments is giving him an unjustified and undeserved platform in regards to me or my family. I would like it to be known that it was not him who taught me the skills of an athlete, it was not him who took me to every practice, nor played catch with me in my yard, regardless of how anyone may try and dispute this. It has come to my attention that many rumors have surfaced, on social media, and other outlets, he has been a part of my life. To who ever is reading this letter, simply put, that is not so, as I will always recognize those who deserve credit, helped me stand tall, and supported me.

Thank You,

Nicholas Basquine"

Here's Basquine's tweet.

Basquine and the Sooners take on Kansas this Saturday night.