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Federal Jury Convict Christian Dawkins, Merl Code In College Basketball Trial

Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 6:36 am
by RealGM Wiretap

Agent Christian Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code were convicted by a federal jury for their role in a college basketball bribing scandal.

Dawkins was found guilty of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, while Code was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery. They were facing charges related to influencing players to sign with Dawkins' sports management company and certain financial advisers after they turned pro.

They will be sentenced at a further date.

Dawkins said that he could have identified coaches who were willing to funnel money up to top players, but chose not to cooperate with authorities.

"He could have brought the whole world of college athletics to its knees and he chose not to. He was asked repeatedly by the government to cooperate. He said, 'I'm not going to give you the names of 15 to 20 coaches.' Today he leaves this courthouse winning four of six [counts]," said Dawkins' lawyer. 

Via Jeff Borzello & Mark Schlabach/ESPN