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FBI Nets 10 Arrests in Ongoing Investigation of College Basketball Corruption

Basketball jump - dark silhouettesBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI led one of the largest investigations into corruption in college basketball, arresting four NCAA basketball coaches, a top Adidas executive and five others.

The arrests are part of a two-year investigation into bribery schemes in which star athletes are recruited and then pointed to particular schools, financial advisers, agents and shoe sponsors, the New York Post reports. 

And the probe is far from over.

“We have your playbook,” New York FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney said during a Manhattan news conference. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

The investigation involved undercover FBI agents who exposed what acting Manhattan U.S. attorney Joon Kim called the “dark underbelly of college basketball.”

“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.

Dallas Mavericks Richard Jefferson Seeks Help from FBI Following $2M Theft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is reportedly investigating the theft of money from Dallas Mavericks forward Richard Jefferson.

The New York Post reports that Jefferson accused his former business manager of stealing $2 million from his bank credit line.

Jefferson recorded a covert call to Ted Kritza in which he confessed.

Jefferson reported the case to the FBI.

 

UTEP Kicks Off 3 Players Following for Betting Following FBI Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The University of Texas at El Paso’s basketball team said Tuesday it has removed three players following allegations they bet on at least one sporting event, the Huffington Post reports.

The removal comes after university officials in December received tips that the players were betting on games.

The three players are Justin Crosgile, McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland.

The students won’t return to classes or the team, university officials said.

“I’m crushed personally that this is happened,” Floyd said.

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