September 10th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Former Adidas consultant Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola, who cooperated with the federal government in its investigation into bribes and other corruption in college basketball, avoided prison time and was sentenced to probation in New York on Tuesday. He was sentenced to one-year supervised release, including two months of home confinement and electronic monitoring, and a $100 fine, according to court records. In a sentencing memorandum to U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, federal prosecutors wrote, “Gassnola spoke openly about his involvement in the criminal conduct, describing his relationship with Gatto, Code, Dawkins, and others, and the payments to the families of student-athletes he made and facilitated on behalf of Adidas. In particular, and in addition to confirming details about the planned payments to the Bowen and Little families, which were known to law enforcement, Gassnola identified a series of unlawful payments that had not, at that point, been identified during the investigation, including the $90,000 in payments to the mother of Billy Preston and $40,000 to the handler of Dennis Smith Jr.” – Mark Schlabach, ESPN W, Read More

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