NEW YORK (AP) – An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach have been convicted of bribery conspiracy at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers.
The verdict Wednesday capped a two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code, a former adidas and Nike employee, in a case that forced the NCAA to confront corruption affecting basketball players at elite universities.
The pair were convicted on a single conspiracy count, but acquitted of some other charges.
Dawkins testified during the trial that he didn’t bribe anyone.
Prosecutors say video and audio evidence was overwhelming.
Four former assistant basketball coaches have pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal and await sentencing.
Both Dawkins and Code were previously convicted along with James Gatto, who was an adidas executive and lived in Wilsonville. Gatto was sentenced to serve a term in a federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, but was allowed to remain out on bail pending his appeal.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.