Chuck Person was broke in NCAA scandal


NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person say the 13-year NBA veteran was broke and financially desperate when he joined a bribery conspiracy that cheated young athletes.

They asked a judge in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to spare him from prison in the scandal that touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball.

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 10: Chuck Person exits the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan on October 10, 2017 in New York City. Several people associated with NCAA Basketball have been charged as part of a corruption ring. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Prosecutors say Person accepted $91,500 in bribes to steer top players to a financial adviser who hoped to continue representing them when they turned professional.

Person is scheduled to be sentenced next Tuesday. Sentencing guidelines call for him to serve about two years in prison though three other coaches who pleaded guilty to the same charge have received leniency.

Person accepted more money in bribes than the other coaches.

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