NCAA Basketball Under Scanner As 10 Individuals Including 4 Coaches Arrested Over Bribery Charges
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been keeping a close watch on the NCAA since 2015 with regards to money being used to bribe and influence the decisions of coaches and players. The FBI made its biggest breakthrough earlier this month when it arrested 10 individuals who are alleged to have offered bribes to top college basketball players in order to influence their decisions in choosing Universities, sponsors and managers as well as custom tailors.
Coaches Influenced Players With Adidas Money
Assistant coaches Tony Bland of Southern California, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Chuck Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State and Person of Auburn were charged while celebrity NBA tailor Rashan Michel and director of global sports marketing for basketball for Adidas James Gatto was also arrested. The remaining four individuals are a mix of financial advisors and agents.
Federal Prosecutors have alleged that more than $150,000 in bribe money that came from Adidas was used to influence top college prospects in choosing two Universities that were sponsored by Adidas. The names of the Universities have not been confirmed but there are rumors that Miami and Louisville are the alleged Universities. The NCAA already has Louisville, one of the top Universities known for producing the best basketball talent on its probation list due to a sex-for-pay scandal.
Adidas signed a 10 year contract with Louisville this summer for an additional $160 million over their previous sponsorship contract. All 10 individuals have been arrested and Joon H. Kim, the U.S. Attorney was particularly harsh on the coaches and Adidas executive stating that they hounded the top NCAA players like coyotes to influence them and get them to sign with their sponsors, so that they could become rich in the process.
Louisville and Miami Will Co-operate With Authorities
NCAA President Mark Emmert said that if these allegations were true, then it was a despicable breach of trust by the coaches who were held in high regard and trusted by the players and their families. Prosecutors have not released the names of any of the students suspected of being involved but based on the complaint it is highly likely that one of those players was Brian Bowen.
Louisville and Miami Universities have agreed to co-operate with the authorities and stated that no violations will be tolerated and Miami has confirmed that it will hire former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to launch an internal investigation.