Moore noted that although it was not admitted into the record before the jury, Kaplan seemed to recall an earlier scandal at Louisville in which a basketball staffer paid strippers and prostitutes to entertain recruits and players in on-campus housing.
Indeed, Kaplan himself appeared to raise so-called Strippergate, which resulted in N.C.A.A. penalties, during the prosecutor Edward B. Diskant’s statement to the court, in which Diskant insisted that the universities were the victims.
Kaplan said that the defendants had committed “a serious crime,” one whose purportedly common nature was not by itself exonerating: “The ‘everybody’s doing it’ argument, in short, is not a Get Out of Jail Free card,” he said.
But the judge also recognized that the alleged behavior of university employees like assistant coaches and, perhaps, the interests of the universities themselves complicated the theory of the case — on which a jury convicted — that the universities were victims.
Referring to Brian “Tugs” Bowen Jr., a prospect whose father testified that he had indirectly taken from Adidas in exchange for Bowen’s commitment to Louisville, Kaplan said, “To me, probably the worst, the most seriously injured victim of the Louisville scheme was Tug Bowen.” (Bowen was declared ineligible and is now playing professionally in Australia.)
On wiretaps, defendants made oblique references to their activity being typical of high-profile men’s college basketball. They also suggested that at least one of Adidas’s rivals were involved in similar schemes, though there have been no further charges.
Last year Yahoo Sports revealed documents that purported to show the families of several former stars who went on to play for many of the top college basketball programs were on the payroll of Dawkins, the aspiring agent.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/sports/college-basketball-scandal.html303