A Handful Of College Basketball Coaches And An Adidas Exec Have Been Charged In A Bribery Ring That Involved Paying Players
NYDailyNews- The FBI on Tuesday charged NCAA coaches from basketball programs across the country in an alleged bribery scheme.
Four assistant coaches — Auburn’s Chuck Person, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson, and Anthony Bland of USC — face charges of fraud and corruption for allegedly bribing high school students, according to court documents.
Six other defendants have also been charged, among them Jim Gatto, the director of global sports marketing at Adidas, as well as other managers and financial advisors.
"In addition to the bribery and fraud scheme described herein," the federal complaint states, "the investigation has revealed additional instances of bribe payments to coaches at NCAA Division I universities, as well as a related scheme involving significant cash payments by athlete advisors, and executives of at least one athletic apparel company, to the families of high-school student-athletes, at the request of basketball coaches at two NCAA Division I universities, in exchange for agreements by those athletes to attend the universities and later to sign with the advisors and apparel company who made the bribes.
A press conference with Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim is scheduled for noon Tuesday in Manhattan.
Wait, are you telling me that the billion dollar business that is high level, Division 1 college athletics is rife with corruption and undisclosed compensation towards athletes that are predominantly struggling financially otherwise? WHY I NEVER....thought I would see the day in which we all forgot the important life lessons taught to us by 'Blue Chips'.
I wish I could say I was surprised to hear that an athletic apparel company that has shot up the ranks in an unforeseen fashion and a couple of schools that are desperate for high end basketball talent were caught wetting each other's whistle in bed together. Unfortunately, acting like that sense of astonishment were anything but fabricated would make former fictional Western head coach Pete Bell (as played by Nick Nolte) throw a chair across the court like the loose cannon that he was loosely based on.
Let's put it simply; I read this story, shrugged my shoulders, thought to myself "well, that makes perfect sense", and - above all else - that's quite the hat tip to Nike. Think about it his way, Nike is the power hitter that's encroaching on historical home run numbers without suspicion, and Adidas is the dude who is about 20 dingers in his rearview that's on the syringe end of every needle in the ass joke. Credit to Adidas, who has taken a significant step up in cultural relevance as of late, but you don't catch up to Usain Bolt without resorting to devious means to give yourself a little jolt. Their "roster" got significantly stronger so quickly that they almost had to have circumvented the salary cap, so to speak. Nike was always the baddest bitch in school, and then all the sudden some girl she grew up with started challenging her for attention out of nowhere? Of course that girl was using a little bit of makeup to cover up her blemishes.
Oh well, I guess this just goes to show that if you're going to be a multi-national brand that pays people under the table then make sure those people do their work overseas in a sweatshop, and not on national television.