Four NCAA Division I basketball coaches, including former NBA star Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors Person, have been indicted in one of the biggest corruption scandals ever to rock college sports. The indictments Tuesday largely mirror charges brought in October alleging that the four coaches received kickbacks from agents, money advisers and clothing-giant execs for steering their players to them for lucrative deals. Person, for example, stands accused of accepted $91,500 from the government’s cooperating witness — crooked investment adviser Louis Martin Blazer III — in exchange for pushing players to him as clients. He was indicted Tuesday on six counts, including conspiracy and solicitation of bribes, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. “Chuck Person did not commit a crime and we’re confident he will be vindicated at trial after a jury hears all the evidence,” his lawyer, Theresa Trzaskoma, said in a statement.
More basketball coaches indicted in NCAA scandal
New York Post | Nov 8