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Adidas Exec, 4 NCAA Coaches Charged With Corruption

27 Septembre 2017

Winter also added that court documents show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the criminal influence of money on players and coaches since 2015.

A University of Southern California basketball assistant coach charged in a massive corruption case has made his initial court appearance in Florida.

Other assistant and associate coaches named in the indictments include Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, Emanuel "Book" Richardson of Arizona and Tony Bland of USC.

Kim also said employees with Adidas funneled cash to the families of college recruits to have them play at schools sponsored by the company.

"The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one", said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were "circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes" and "exploited the hoop dreams of student-athletes around the country" to enrich themselves.

NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying in a statement: "Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust". Jim Gatto, the head of sports marketing at adidas, paid high school players to go to adidas schools and then sign with the sportswear company later, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. Authorities say they were caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer stars toward certain agents or advisers. He played his collegiate basketball at Auburn and was originally selected by the Pacers with the fourth overall pick of the 1986 NBA Draft.

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They say the payments were orchestrated by an Adidas executive and business advisers who hoped to work with the players after they turned professional.

Auburn has since suspended Person without pay, and said they were "saddened, angry and disappointed", by the allegations.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told Newsweek that the scheme consisted of bribes flowing from a company to coaches and players, with the players eventually signing on with specific management companies. The details will be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon. He later played for the Indiana Pacers and other teams in a 13-year National Basketball Association career.

Louisville's interim president, Gregory Postel, USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann, Arizona and SC said their respective schools would cooperate with authorities.

They said Person also claimed to pay $18,500 of that sum to two players' families.

Adidas Exec, 4 NCAA Coaches Charged With Corruption