Breaking News: Chuck Person Arrested
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Auburn Associate Head Basketball Coach Chuck Person has been arrested on federal fraud charges. According to the reports he is one of several basketball coaches across the nation to be caught up in an FBI sting involving corruption in NCAA basketball.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be holding a press conference at noon Central time regarding the investigation.
More to come …
* Chuck Person is one of 10 people charged in the FBI’s investigation into NCAA basketball. Specifically, Person has been charged with solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and travel act conspiracy.
* What is potentially damaging to the Bruce Pearl program is the charges claim that coach Person used his position of influence with two players to steer them toward specific agents and advisors, and that Chuck received more than $91,000 from a government undercover witness to ensure both Auburn players retained the services of the fake agent.
* The complaint also states that Person told one of the players not to talk about a meeting with the fake agent because, “It’s a violation.”
* Court documents the show U.S. Attorney and FBI have been investigating criminal influence of money on coaches and players since 2015.
* Also mentioned in the 32-page complaint is the sportswear company Adidas.
* Auburn has released the following statement regarding the charges:
“This morning’s news is shocking. We are saddened, angry and disappointed. We have suspended Coach Person without pay effective immediately. We are committed to playing by the rules, and that’s what we expect from our coaches. In the meantime, Auburn is working closely with law enforcement, and we will help them in their investigation in any way we can.”
* In today’s U.S. Attorney press conference, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim took particular aim at Chuck Person: “When you’ve coached Kobe Bryant, played with Phil Jackson, it goes a long way.”
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