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Appeal filed for three convicted in NCAA bribery scandal

first_imgThree of the men convicted in the NCAA scandal where recruits were nudged to sign with Adidas-sponsored NCAA programs have filed an appeal.Attorneys for ex-Adidas executive James Gatto, Adidas consultant Merl Code and Christian Dawkins filed a 144-page appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday that claims their clients may have broken NCAA rules, but didn’t break federal laws. NCAA won’t implement standardized football injury reports NCAA amends ‘Rich Paul Rule’ for agents after widespread criticism All three men were convicted in March on felony counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and were sentenced to serve time in federal prison. Gatto received a nine-month sentence, while Code and Dawkins each were sentenced to six months.They were convicted of taking money from Adidas and paying the families of elite NCAA recruits to get them to play for certain schools with Adidas sponsorship deals, including  Kansas, Louisville and N.C. State. The attorneys also claim the men didn’t know of the fraud taking place and that the district court did not follow proceedings properly when it came to instructing the jury that NCAA violations were not the same as federal violations.”Appellants’ principal argument at trial was that they were trying to help the Universities, not harm them,” the attorneys wrote. “In fact, the Universities’ basketball coaches had asked Appellants to provide the funds to the recruits’ families. As a result, Appellants never saw themselves as defrauding the Universities, because in their view, it was the Universities which had asked Appellants to make these payments in the first place.”Dawkins also was convicted of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, while Code was convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery in a separate trial in May involving assistant coaches at Arizona, Oklahoma State and Southern California. BYU’s top scorer Yoeli Childs suspended 9 games over improper NBA draft paperwork “It is not illegal to give someone money to persuade him to attend a particular college,” the lawyers wrote in the appeal. “A grandmother can offer her grandson a car as an inducement to attend her alma mater. Indeed, colleges regularly offer scholarships and other direct financial assistance to prospective students to convince them to enroll.”These actions do not violate the law. Appellants James Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins were charged with federal wire fraud because they arranged for money to be provided to the families of talented high school basketball players to help recruit those athletes to universities sponsored by Adidas, the sports apparel company.” Related Newslast_img read more