If you’ve yet to hear the news, don’t fret, this story isn’t going anywhere. Federal prosecutors have charged 10 people tied to NCAA sports with Fraud and Corruption, involving four assistant college coaches, managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company.
The investigation revealed several instances of bribes being offered to potential student-athletes, including two alleged payments to high school players from Adidas’ Head of Sports Marketing, totaling as much as $250,000, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported today. Feds claim that Adidas secretly funneled high school players’ families cash to attend Adidas repped schools and then sign with Adidas later.
This is certainly not an isolated incident, and something tells me that other brands and coaches are going to be exposed in the coming weeks to bring to light what U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim calls “the dark underbelly of college athletics.”
One tactic the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office is using to gather information on potential illegal activity embedded in college athletics is setting up a phone line for tips.
As you can imagine, these fossils aren’t in tune with the age of trolling.
Pro Tip for the FBI: Never give trolls the keys to the castle.
[h/t For The Win]