TUCSON – Former Arizona Wildcat and Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton was recently named as one of five players who received payments on behalf of Adidas in the testimony of a former consultant of the athletic apparel company Wednesday.
According to Adam Zagoria, a reporter with SportsNet New York, the Adidas consultant, TJ Gassnola testified in a New York federal court Wednesday. He said that he paid Ayton’s father on behalf of the company.
TJ Gassnola just testified in federal court that he made payments to the families of 5 players on behalf of Adidas:
Silvio De Sousa
Dennis Smith Jr.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 10, 2018
In an interview with News 4 Tucson sports anchor, Paul Cicala, Zagoria said the former consultant confirmed the payment was meant to be a secret operation. He said this suggests that the coaches and schools involved may not have been aware of the transaction.
Arizona assistant coach, Book Richardson was arrested by FBI agents back in 2017 for bribery charges related to this investigation.
Richarson’s trial is scheduled to begin in April.