Report: Adidas executive, sports agent among 8 indicted after investigation

According to the Courier-Journal, a New York grand jury has returned an indictment for two of the men accused of planning to push money to the families of two Louisville basketball recruits via the FBI’s investigation into adidas and college basketball recruiting.

Adidas executive James Gatto and sports agent Christian Dawkins were two of the eight people charged in three individual indictments on Tuesday filed in the Southern District of New York, based on court records provided to the Courier Journal.

All eight men are facing charges due to the probe revealed by federal investigators in September, which claims bribery and corruption in college basketball recruiting involving coaches, agents, players and their families, as well as apparel company executives.

Four assistant basketball coaches were charged as part of the indictments.

They are: Arizona assistant coach Emmanuel “Book” Richardson, Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans, and University of Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland.

Additionally, Rashan Michel, an apparel company owner and ex-NCAA official, plus Adidas consultant Merl Code, were also indicted.
Louisville fired men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich after the FBI’s accusations of the program’s wrongdoing.

David Padgett is serving as Louisville’s interim head basketball coach.

Louisville begins the regular season on Nov. 12 vs. visiting George Mason.

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