In a story that won’t touch football but will have major NCAA implications, word is breaking Tuesday morning that the FBI will charge ten individuals — four of them college basketball coaches — with corruption.
NBC News: Criminal complaint says agents and advisors tried to recruit players early in their career and paid athletes and/or their families
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) September 26, 2017
The four coaches are:
- Lamont Evans, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State
- Chuck Person, associate head coach at Auburn
- Emanuel Richardson, assistant coach at Arizona
- Tony Bland, associate head coach at USC
The others charged include:
Other people named in the documents include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing at Adidas; Merl Code, who recently left Nike for Adidas; Christian Dawkins, an NBA agent who was recently fired from ASM Sports for charging approximately $42,000 in Uber charges on a player’s credit card; Jonathan Brad Augustine, president of The League Initiative and program director of the Adidas-sponsored 1 Family AAU program; Munish Sood, a financial advisor; and Rishan Michel, former NBA official who founded Thompson Bespoke Clothing, a custom clothier for athletes.
The FBI will charge the coaches with accepting money and using their positions as basketball coaches to steer players toward a specific agency. The FBI will also charge a current Adidas executive and a former Nike executive with paying high school athletes in order to secure their commitments to represent the brand when the players turn pro.
Reading between lines not so hard: this details how Louisville got commitment from All-American Brian Bowen in June — for $100K: pic.twitter.com/azXgMKYIl8
— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) September 26, 2017
Here’s part of the complaint that involves defendants Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person & Rashan Mitchell and fmr. 5-star C Austin Wiley – pic.twitter.com/xHr0aZYc1g
— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) September 26, 2017
— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 26, 2017
Better pictures of the flowcharts presented by the US Attorney's Office Southern District of NY pic.twitter.com/HAqC62WvT3
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) September 26, 2017
This is a breaking news story and we’ll have more as this develops.