Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim revealed coaches at some of the nations top programs solicited and accepted cash bribes from managers and financial advisors in exchange for directing families and players to the universities and bribers.
An overview of the complaints states:
“Since 2005, the FBI and USAO have been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA. As relevant here, the investigation has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and business managers, among others, to assistant and associate basketball coaches employed by the NCAA Division I universities, and sometimes directly to the student-athletes at NCAA Division I universities as facilitated by the coaches, in exchange for those coaches exerting influence over student-athletes under their control to retain the services of the bribe-payers once the athletes enter the NBA.” from SportsonEarth.com
The four coaches implicated 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.
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.