Jim Gatto, the director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas, conspired coaches to pay school athletes to play at colleges sponsored by Adidas according to sources. Four NCAA basketball coaches (Arizona, Auburn, Southern California and Oklahoma State) have been arrested as well as managers and financial advisors.
The investigation has been going on since 2015 after complaints were filed. One incident involved $100,000 to a family of a high school basketball player to convince him to sign with a “public research university” in Kentucky. many believe it’s Louisville a they signed a $160M deal with Adidas. The University of Miami signed a 12-year deal with Adidas in 2015 and there was an agreement to make payments up to $150,000 to a player as well.
Business Insider reports:
Other defendants include Jonathan Brad Augustine, president of nonprofit The League Initiative; Merl Code, the head of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League as of 2013; and Christian Dawkins, a former sports agent who was reportedly fired in May for charging $42,000 in Uber rides on an NBA player’s credit card.