Monday, October 26, 2020

Ex-NBA referee pleads guilty in NCAA basketball bribery scandal

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A former NBA ref who went into the bespoke suit business pleaded guilty on Tuesday to paying bribes to former Auburn coach and professional player Chuck “The Rifleman” Person as part of the massive NCAA basketball bribery scandal that has resulted in prison time for several participants.

Rashan Michel, 44, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery. According to the feds, in 2016, Michel introduced Person to a financial adviser who was actually a government cooperator and the three hatched a scheme in which Person would use his influence over players at Auburn University to encourage them to retain services from Michel and the adviser.

Michel is the ninth defendant to be convicted for taking part in the bribery scheme. He entered his plea as, elsewhere in the same courthouse, former Adidas consultants Merl Code and Christian Dawkins await a jury to return a verdict on charges that they bribed college basketball coaches.

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