Witness details secret payments in college hoops recruiting

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The case has cast a harsh light on an underground economy where middlemen used money from Adidas and other big athletic wear companies competed with one another to ply the families of hot prospects with money and gear, sometimes called “shoe wars.” In return, the young players were expected to attend programs sponsored by the companies and, if they went pro, hire the middlemen as agents or financial managers.The defense hasn’t challenged the government’s claim that the payments violated NCAA rules protecting players’ amateur status. But they have disputed claims that major universities were defrauded, since the effort to steer blue-chip prospects translated into big money for their programs.In a secretly recorded hotel room meeting from 2017 that the jury heard on Wednesday, Code could be heard explaining that the payments, which reach $100,000 or more, ran risks, since the middlemen have no recourse if the young players wash out or simply walk away from an agreement to go to a particular school.“We’re not supposed to be giving them $100,000 anyway,” he said on tape.Sood, 46, testified that after he met Dawkins, he agreed to use money from his business to front money that would be doled out to recruits’ families. In return, he hoped, he would win enough favor that the players would hire him to manage fortunes from signing NBA contracts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Munish Sood took the witness stand at the federal trial of three men charged in an alleged scheme to funnel secret payments to the family of Louisville recruit Brian Bowen Jr. and other hot prospects. As he testified in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors played a wiretap of him telling his business partner, aspiring sports agent Christopher Dawkins, about his misgivings over the money drop he was making at an office building parking lot.This “makes me nervous,” Sood said, using profanity. “I just don’t to want this to be a habit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSood, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and agreed to cooperate, testified that the payment was made in cash rather than check because “it was clean.”The testimony came on the third day of the conspiracy trial of Dawkins, former amateur basketball director Merl Code and former Adidas executive James. All three men have pleaded not guilty in the scandal that drove Bowen out of college basketball and resulted in the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who wasn’t charged and denies any wrongdoing. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser-turned-bag man in a college basketball corruption scandal testified Wednesday about a clandestine mission last year to deliver an envelope with $19,400 in cash to the father of a highly sought-after prospect.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Despite the guilty plea, Sood said he’s still running a financial firm in Princeton, New Jersey, while he awaits sentencing. He also said he still advises pro-athlete clients, including Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers.On cross-examination, defense attorney Steven Haney peppered Sood about the plea deal, expected to help him avoid a prison sentence of up to 35 years behind bars.“You would say anything to stay out of prison for 35 years, wouldn’t you?” the lawyer asked.“No,” Sood responded, “I’d tell the truth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape ‘abominable’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Reports – Sunderland agree deal with Atletico Madrid for Belgium defender

first_img1 Sunderland have agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid to take defender Toby Alderweireld on loan for the season, according to reports in Belgium.talkSPORT told you yesterday that Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was remaining tight-lipped about speculation linking him with Alderweireld, after reports emerged claiming the Saints were in talks with the central defender.Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool have also both previously shown an interest in the 25-year-old, with the Gunners interest said to have reignited after they missed out on Kostas Manolas to Roma.However, according to Het Laatste Nieuws, Sunderland have now stolen a march on their Premier League rivals and agreed terms with Atletico Madrid.The Black Cats are offering to take Alderweireld on loan for the season with talks over a permanent deal scheduled to take place next summer.The North East club have yet to agree personal terms with the player and it is understood that Alderweireld will have the final say on where his future lies. Toby Alderweireld last_img read more