Four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State were among those arrested on federal corruption charges Tuesday after they were caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer NBA-destined college stars toward certain sports agents and financial advisers, authorities said.
"The picture painted by the charges brought today is not a pretty one", Joon Kim, acting USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a midday news conference. Kim noted a special Federal Bureau of Investigation hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is calling for a briefing on the emerging college basketball bribery scandal that so far has resulted in 10 arrests, calling it "extremely troubling". It was unclear whether Evans had an attorney. He's accused of helping funnel approximately $100,000 to the family of an "All-American high school basketball player" to secure the prospect's commitment to a school that Adidas sponsors. In exchange, the player would play for a university sponsored by Adidas.
Adidas said in an emailed statement that one of its employees had been arrested by USA authorities.
Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June following an escort scandal.
"Don't share with your sisters, don't share with any of the teammates, that's very important cause this is a violation. of rules, but this is how the National Basketball Association players get it done", Chuck Connors Person, associate head coach at Auburn University, allegedly told a player while pressuring him to hire a business manager who had bribed the coach. Prosecutors in Manhattan will details the allegations at a noon news conference. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation. The company declined to say this week how many work there now.
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But the University of Louisville-a college basketball powerhouse-confirmed it was part of the investigation, adding, "This is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university". "We're aware of any misconduct and will fully cooperate with authorities to understand more", Adidas spokeswoman issued a written statement. Charges of money laundering, wire fraud and the solicitation of bribes and gratuities were among the allegations.
- Munish Sood, a financial adviser.
Person, the associate head coach at Auburn, is accused of accepting $91,500 from an unnamed financial adviser who was cooperating as an informant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Prosecutors said Person accepted $91,500 of bribes over 10 months to steer Auburn basketball players he thought capable of joining the NBA to buy suits from Michel and hire an unnamed cooperating witness to provide financial services.
The NCAA said Louisville must vacate up to 123 victories earned with ineligible players and suspended Pitino five games for failing to monitor staffer Andre McGee.
Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona.
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