美国大学篮球曝欺诈腐败丑闻,10人被控

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年9月27日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

美国纽约南区代理检察官和联邦调查局助理局长在记者会上宣布四名教练因为在“美国大学篮球队中涉嫌欺诈和腐败”已被逮捕(2017年9月26日)
美国纽约南区代理检察官和联邦调查局助理局长在记者会上宣布四名教练因为在“美国大学篮球队中涉嫌欺诈和腐败”已被逮捕(2017年9月26日)

美国纽约南区检察官办公室星期二宣布,有包括四名教练、一名阿迪达斯公司高管、商业经理和财经顾问在内的10人因为在“美国大学篮球队中涉嫌欺诈和腐败”已被起诉。

法院文件显示,三项刑事指控包括了各种欺诈图谋。一些被告的名字据报出现在多项指控中。

美国联邦当局表示,自从2015年以来,联邦调查局一直在调查金钱对按照全国大学体育协会NCAA的规定参加比赛的教练和大学生运动员的非法影响。

调查发现,包括财经顾问和教练在内的多名顾问向运动员行贿,以换取运动员签订合同。

被起诉的四名大学篮球教练是亚利桑那大学的伊曼纽尔·理查森、奥本大学队的查克·珀森、俄克拉荷马州立大学队的拉蒙特·埃文斯以及南加州大学的托尼·布兰德。他们被控接受金钱贿赂。作为交换,他们让大学生运动员与一些企业高管联系,这些高管包括阿迪达斯体育营销总监吉姆·加图和普林斯顿资本公司的首席执行官穆尼什·苏德。

阿迪达斯的员工梅尔·科德据称也协助阿迪达斯体育营销总监加图行贿。诉讼说,金融贿赂的协调人是阿迪达斯赞助的业余田径联盟篮球队经理乔纳森·布兰德·奥贾斯丁、公司经理克里斯丁·道金斯和普林斯顿资本公司的首席执行官穆尼什·苏德。双方达成协议的条件是,运动员成为职业球员后与道金斯和苏德签订合同。

起诉书说,经手人同意向一名运动员的家人支付10万美金,另一名学生运动员的家人则获得15万美金。 起诉书没有说这些运动员是哪所大学的,但是说,两个大学,一所是肯塔基州的公立大学,有2万2640名学生。另一个是佛罗里达州的私立大学,有1万6千名学生。

美国曼哈顿代理检察官金正在星期二的新闻发布会上说,这起案件揭露了“大学篮球的黑暗”,教练利用了“他们教练和招募的球员的信任”。

阿迪达斯公司发表声明说:“今天,我们知道联邦调查人员逮捕了阿迪达斯的一名雇员。我们正在更多地了解情况。我们不知道有任何不当行为,将与当局充分合作了解更多。“

俄克拉何马州立大学发表声明说:“我们今天上午惊讶地获悉联邦官员对我们的一名助理篮球教练提出指控。我们正在审查和调查这些指控。我们在与官员充分合作。我们要明确指出,体育系的行为必须符合我们所期待的高标准,对此我们是认真的。 我们不会容忍任何偏离这些标准的行为。“

10 Charged in US College Basketball Fraud, Corruption Scheme

Ten people — including four coaches, a top executive at Adidas, business managers and financial advisors — have been charged with "fraud and corruption in U.S. college basketball," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.

Court papers show three criminal complaints detailing various fraud schemes, and some defendants reportedly are named in multiple complaints.

Federal authorities said that since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes who participate in college basketball under the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA.

The probe has uncovered many instances in which bribes were paid by advisers to athletes, including financial advisers and coaches, in return for the players' services.

The four coaches facing charges are Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Chuck Person of Auburn University, Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State University and Tony Bland of the University of Southern California. They allegedly accepted financial bribes in exchange for guiding players toward business executives, including Adidas sports marketing head Jim Gatto and Princeton Capital Corporation CEO Munish Sood.

Also charged were Adidas employee Merl Code, who allegedly assisted Gatto in the scheme. The complaints said financial bribes were brokered by Jonathan Brand Augustine, who operates an Adidas-sponsored Amateur Athletic Union basketball team, business manager Christian Dawkins and Sood. The payments were agreed to on the condition that the athletes sign contracts with Dawkins and Sood once they became professional players.

The complaint alleges the brokers agreed to pay $100,000 to the family of one player and $150,000 to the family of another student-athlete. The schools were not named in the complaint, but one was described as "a public research university located in Kentucky" with a student enrollment of about 22,640. The other school was characterized as "a private research university located in Florida" with some 16,000 students.

The indictment also said the alleged conspirators paid one top recruit $100,000 to enroll at the University of Kentucky. The payments were structured with aim of concealing them from both the university and the NCAA, but the indictment said the payments were requested by “at least one coach” on the school's staff.

At a Tuesday news conference, Acting U.S. Attorney in Manhattan Joon Kim said the case has exposed “the dark underbelly of college basketball” and that the coaches exploited the “trust of the players they coached and recruited.”

Adidas said in a statement: “Today, we became aware that federal investigators arrested an Adidas employee. We are learning more about the situation. We're unaware of any misconduct and will fully cooperate with authorities to understand more.”

Oklahoma State issued a statement that said: “We were surprised to learn this morning of potential actions against one of our assistant basketball coaches by federal officials. We are reviewing and investigating the allegations. We are cooperating fully with officials. Let it be clear we take very seriously the high standards of conduct expected in our athletic department. We will not tolerate any deviation from those standards.”