Details of pay-for-play come out in college hoops bribery trial

The federal college basketball corruption trial got off to an explosive start on Tuesday, as a defense attorney reportedly acknowledged an Adidas executive made numerous payments to players and recruits, all in violation of NCAA rules.Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel reported Tuesday that attorney Casey Donnelly said in her opening statement that her client, Jim Gatto, acknowledged committing numerous NCAA violations. Specifically, Gatto admits to:–Agreeing to send $100,000 to the family of top 2017 recruit Brian Bowen to exchange for Bowen enrolling in Louisville.–Paying $40,000 to the family of Dennis Smith Jr. while Smith was playing at North Carolina State. (He is now with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.)–Paying $20,000 to recruit Silvio De Sousa, who attends Kansas. Adidas sponsors Kansas.According to the report, Gatto only payed De Sousa after “Under Armour had paid for De Sousa to [commit] to the University of Maryland.” Though Donnelly did not state who specifically made the request, she claimed someone asked Gatto to match Under Armour’s offer so that De Sousa would enroll at Kansas.De Sousa is still at Kansas, and is entering his sophomore season.Donnelly also alleged the existence of a bidding war to land Bowen, who now plays professionally in Australia.A third player, North Carolina freshman Nassir Little, was also part of a bidding war, per Donnelly.”The University of Arizona was going to pay, or offered to pay, $150,000 for [recruit] Nassir Little to go to Arizona,” Wetzel reported her as saying. She added that Gatto was then involved in a discussion about matching that payment for Little to go to Miami.

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