Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

23 Feb, 2018

 

NEW YORK (AP) Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo said Friday that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Duke's Wendell Carter and Alabama's Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. According to the report, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports.

NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement Friday the allegations ''if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.''

A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under ''Loan to Players,'' including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played one season at North Carolina State in 2016-17.