Former San Antonio Spurs player Chuck Person was arrested on fraud and corruption charges on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Bloomberg reported that 10 people were arrested as part of bribery, fraud and corruption charges in college basketball recruitment. The group made up of assistant coaches, financial advisers, managers, and representatives of a sportswear company. Former San Antonio Spurs player Chuck Person was one of the 10 arrested.
Person who’s the associate head coach at Auburn, Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans, USC assistant Troy Bland and Arizona assistant Emmanual Richardson were among those charged, as they directed players to advisers, in exchange for bribes. It was a two-year investigation “into criminal influence” in college basketball by the FBI.
According to ESPN, former NBA official and founder of Thompson Bespoke Clothing, Rishan Michal bribed Person with $50,000 “in exchange for using his official position at University-1 to steer student-athletes on University-1’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball team to retain the services of CW-1 and Michel.”
It will be interesting to see what else is uncovered from this, and just how deeper it goes in college basketball. Illegal payments stretched back years in collegiate sports, notably the “pay for play” scandals. This situation differs from that, but on a larger scale.
Since 2014, Person held his coaching role for the Auburn basketball team. Previously, he spent 13 years as this for NBA teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers).
Person played for three seasons in San Antonio from 1994-98 (he sat out 1996-97 with an injury). He compiled 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. His best season came in 1995-96, when he averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds on 41 percent shooting from 3-point range.