Is the dirtiness of club BBall teams about to come to a screeching halt?Adidas director of global sports marketing for basketball Jim Gatto and Merl Code, the head of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League also were named, according to Business Insider. They have been charged with "making and concealing bribe payments" to high school athletes and/or their families, according to Business Insider.
Adidas.Any word yet on which apparel company? USC, Okie Lite and Arizona are all Nike schools. Auburn is UA.
They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company. The details will be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
In court papers, prosecutors said the FBI has since 2015 been investigating the criminal influence of money on charges and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA.
They said the probe has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes.
I'm old enough to remember Bobby Knight railing against stuff like this(specifically the shoe companies) in an ESPN interview back in the mid-90's when he was still at Indiana. The more things change.....I'm old enough to remember when I was a "shill" for CUMBB because I explained exactly why some recruits went elsewhere.