A third former college basketball coach has been charged with receiving thousands of dollars in bribes to direct players to certain financial advisors and managers once they found themselves guilty of bribing the states in New York City on Wednesday The Oklahoma State Assistant, Lamont Evans, accused of accepting $ 22,000 in bribes, entered the New York federal court to apologize for the bribe. Attorney Johnny McCray said he received $ 22,000 to direct players in South Carolina and Oklahoma to designated financial advisors and business executives.
Evans also agreed to forfeit the bribe he'd received from two financial advisers as part of the deal Wednesday.
Emanuel "Book" Richardson, one of the three former assistant coaches who were arrested in September 2017 as part of the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a crime of bribery conspiracy Bland, a former US assistant basketball coach, pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy count Wednesday in a criminal case in which prosecutors paid bribes to direct elite athletes to specific schools.
This monies they instituted against another player were wrong and violated the law, "he said.
The verdict was pronounced on May 10 for a charge for up to five years in prison, although a plea between Evans and the prosecution suggests no more than two years behind bars
Judge Edgardo Ramos also warned that he could be deported because he was a citizen of Barbados living in Florida He was arrested at Stillwater, Oklahoma.
US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement that Evans had abused his position as a mentor and trainer for personal reasons.
"A system apparently designed for Evans a slam dunk, in fact, proved a blatant foul, "he said 19659002]" He took responsibility for what happened. He will appeal vigorously for the lowest possible penalty, "said attorney Johnny McCray.
Two other former assistant coaches – Arizonas Emanuel" Book "Richardson and USC's Tony Bland – have already blamed themselves for the same accusation Detained in September 2017 as part of the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption.
The two men accused of bribing the coaches – former Adidas consultant Merl Code and Christian Dawkins, a runner Former NBA Agent Andy Miller The trial was scheduled in the US District Court in Manhattan in April.
Code, Dawkins, and Adidas executive James Gatto were convicted in October of fraud for federal fraud because they sent money from Adidas to their parents and / or guardians of senior recruits had sent them to Adidas-sponsored schools, including Kansas, Louisville and NC State, sign. They are expected to be sentenced on March 5.
Former Auburn assistant Chuck Person and former NBA referee Rashan Michel are scheduled to be tried in June. The person is accused of claiming $ 91,500 in bribes from a covert, collaborative witness to get Auburn players to sign with certain financial advisors.
Mark Schlabach of ESPN contributed to this report.