Sentences handed out for defendants in first college hoops corruption trial

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A judge granted leniency for three defendants that were found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges, sentencing them to less than a year in prison.

On Tuesday afternoon, Judge Lewis Kaplan, sentenced former Adidas executive Jim Gatto to nine months in prison while handing out six month sentences to fellow former Adidas executive Merl Code and to Christian Dawkins (pictured above), a former runner for ex-NBA agent Andy Miller. Gatto was convicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October while Code and Dawkins were both convicted on two counts.

All three defendants will remain free while they appeal.

If you’re confused as to why paying basketball players to play basketball is a federal crime worthy of jail time, I spoke with an attorney who represents college coaches in October to discuss why it’s illegal: