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State Alum, OSU assistant appears in court in federal bribery scandal

29 September 2017

Evans is one of four coaches charged across the country, accused of accepting bribes from consultants and agents in exchange for access to the best players. Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and there families and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.

Federal Bureau of Investigation documents claim Evans took more than $20,000 from two men - a former agent and a financial advisor.

Evans, who's entering his second year at OSU, is accused of taking at least $22,000 in bribe money to steer athletes to financial advisers.

Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: "The most important part is that you. don't say nothing to anybody. don't share with your sisters, don't share with any of the teammates, that's very important 'cause this is a violation. of rules". In April 2016, Evans left SC to join the staff of Brad Underwood, another former Martin assistant, at Oklahoma State. He has been suspended by Oklahoma State in connection with the investigation.

Joon Kim, the acting USA attorney in Manhattan, told a press conference the defendants showed "contempt" for players and coaches who follow the rules. At that meeting they began discussing Player-3 and the access to him that Evans could provide.

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Jim Gatto, the director of global sports marketing in basketball for Adidas, was among those charged in the investigation. They also said the university maintains high standards of conduct, and that deviation from those standards would not be tolerated.

"For these men, bribing coaches was an investment", Kim said.

Evans joined the Oklahoma State coaching staff in 2016.

According to court documents, Evans said it was necessary to use his influence over the youngsters early in their college careers because many of them are "one and done", meaning they play one year of college ball before joining the National Basketball Association. "These are serious accusations that are not consistent with University of SC values". "Until today we don't believe they were aware of this investigation". "None of the coaches asked a single question about his track record in handling players' money".

The player's name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.

State Alum, OSU assistant appears in court in federal bribery scandal