Ex-Louisville Recruit Defends Suit Against Adidas

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Former University of Louisville basketball recruit Brian Bowen is suing Adidas, arguing that the fraud committed by some of the company’s executives adversely affected his athletic career.

WDRB reports that despite the company’s request to dismiss the suit, lawyers for Bowen are claiming that he is one of the pay-for-play scandal’s biggest victims, and that he is “facing down a corrupt multinational corporation, its convicted executives, and confederates to seek just compensation for the harm they caused to his property, his career, and to the sport of college basketball.”

Bowen’s attorneys are claiming that some of the company’s executives — including James Gatto, who was convicted on fraud charges in October — ran a “criminal racketeering enterprise” to bribe some of the nation’s top basketball recruits into attending Adidas-sponsored programs.

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