The FBI and federal prosecutors started using informants in 2015 to investigate "the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA", court documents stated. They did so in an effort to try and recruit the student-athletes for particular schools.
"They ignored red flags seeing only the green in the cash bribes flowing their way.Fraud, abuse, and corruption of the type alleged in the charges brought today contaminates all that is good and pure around it and it has no place in college sports".
Evans took a $500 bribe at a Manhattan hotel on April 19, 2016, to help steer a potential first-round National Basketball Association pick toward a cooperating agent, prosecutors said.
Richardson and Bland are also implicated in Evans' case. What was the alleged scheme, and who did they say was involved?
"We became aware yesterday of the allegations and intend to cooperate with the relevant authorities", Adidas said in a written statement Wednesday.
Before his time at USC, Bland was an assistant coach at San Diego State University from 2011 to 2013. Gatto, Code, former sports client manager Christian Dawkins, an Adidas-sponsored AAU team basketball coach Jonathan Augustine and financial consultant Munish Sood are all defendants associated in the Louisville scheme.
Prosecutors also say at least three top high school basketball players were promised payments of as much as $150,000 to attend Louisville and Miami, two colleges that were sponsored by Adidas.
"This morning's news is shocking", the University said in a statement.
It's possible that Dawkins was bluffing to secure the deal, but if this is true, then Adidas isn't the only apparel brand with executives funneling funding to get players to commit to certain colleges. But because this is an ongoing investigation, more details could emerge, especially from those already charged who will be trying to clear their name. The FBI's indictment includes four assistant coaches at NCAA schools and a clothing company founder, Adweek said.
According to the papers, Evans expected $2,000 a month for his services, though he might ask for an extra $5,000 to $7,000 "at the end of the day for delivering" a specific athlete.
"They get early relationships, and they form partnerships, they form trust, you get to know [financial advisor], you get to know Rashan a lot and like Rashan can get you suits and stuff. you'll start looking like an National Basketball Association ball player, that's what you are".
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