Three Sentenced in College Basketball Corruption Case

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Three men who were convicted as part of college basketball’s pay-for-play schemes were sentenced to prison on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. reports that the three officials — former Adidas executive James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and aspiring sports manager Christian Dawkins — each got jail time. Gatto received a sentence of nine months, while Code and Dawkins got six months each.

The men were convicted in October of funneling money from Adidas to the families of high-profile college basketball recruits in exchange for them committing to Adidas programs and signing contracts with the shoe and apparel company once they turned pro. The scheme also involved urging recruits to employ the services of particular sports agencies and financial planners after their college careers.

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