Rashan Michel exits the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan on Oct. 10, 2017 in New York City. (
Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images
Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Atlanta man in college basketball scandal avoids prison

Rashan Michel wiped his eyes Thursday when U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York announced that prison would be excessive punishment, even for what she described as a serious crime. 

Michel is a former NBA referee who founded and operated a clothing store that catered to professional athletes. 

Prosecutors say he told a law enforcement informant he knew college basketball coaches who would be willing to accept bribes to influence athletes. 

Michel apologized for his role in the scandal that led four assistant coaches at top-tier basketball programs to plead guilty and admit accepting bribes.

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