Former NBA star pleads guilty in college basketball bribery scheme

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Prosecutors said Person accepted $91,500 in bribes to steer players with NBA potential to a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser. As part of the plea, he agreed to forfeit that amount.Person said he committed his crime in late 2016 and early 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe plea deal has a recommended sentencing guideline range of two to 2½ years in prison, though the sentence will be left up to Judge Loretta A. Preska. The sentencing is scheduled for July 9.In a release, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said Person “abused his position as a coach and mentor to student-athletes in exchange for personal gain.” “In taking tens of thousands of dollars in cash bribes, Person not only placed personal financial gain above his obligations to his employer and the student-athletes he coached, but he broke the law,” he said.Person’s plea falls in line with those recently entered by three other former assistant coaches at major college basketball schools.Tony Bland, a former Southern California assistant coach; ex-Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson; and former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans are awaiting sentencing.Their prison terms are likely to be measured in months rather than years.Person, former associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In court papers, prosecutors said Person arranged multiple meetings between the financial adviser and Auburn players or their family members.Prosecutors said he failed to tell families and players that he was being bribed to recommend the financial adviser.In one recorded conversation, prosecutor said, Person warned an Auburn player to keep his relationship with the financial adviser a secret.According to prosecutors, Person said: “Don’t say nothing to anybody. … Don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important cause this is a violation … of rules, but this is how the NBA players get it done, they get early relationships, and they form partnerships.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case PLAY LIST 03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case02:21BuCor bribery witness stands by story, says security footage best evidence02:54Inmate exposes corruption at the NBP during Senate probe02:14Carpio 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 Injured Darren Collison misses 1st game after 71 starts for Pacers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE — In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo, former Auburn University assistant men’s basketball coach, Chuck Person, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York, after an initial appearance before a magistrate judge. Person is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to families of NBA-bound young athletes to steer them to top schools and favored money managers and agents. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister, File)NEW YORK — Former Auburn University assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal, ensuring that none of the four coaches charged in the probe will go to trial.Person, 54, of Auburn, Alabama, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court, averting a June trial. He and his lawyer declined to speak afterward and made a quick exit from the courthouse.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more