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US Supreme Court Says College Athlete Pay Ban Violates Antitrust After SDNY Convictions

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreonthread

SDNY COURTHOUSE,  June 21 – While the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York urged and got "time served" leniency for Adidas "black ops" operative Thomas Gassnola and then on September 12 for briber turned government witness Munish Sood, on October 4 Merl Code got a three month sentence, consecutive to his other six months.  And Nike? It has put in a victim's statement for Michael Avenatti's sentencing.

 Now on June 21, 2021 the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the restrictions on college athletes getting paid violates antitrust, decision here. Where these defendants just ahead of their times, as the Eaze / marijuana sales by credit card defendants Weigand and Akhavan argue? Inner City Press will continue to cover all these cases. Watch this site.

 Back on February 6, 2020 the Assistant US Attorney Boone urged leniency under Section 5K1.1 for Martin Blazer, cooperator. Judge Edgardo Ramos inquired about the size of restitution, then imposed or granted a sentence of time served, albeit with one year of Supervised Release, restitution of $1,560,000 and forfeiture of $2.35 million. Inner City Press ran back down to the Nike / Avenatti trial, wondering when if ever the US Attorney's Office will prosecute anyone in the Nike scandal, of payments to Deandre Atyon and Bol Bol. Watch this site.

 As the SDNY winds down, and Kansas' Bill Self said there is not reason to pursue him even for the administrative violation of failures to supervise, "his" gym the Allen Fieldhouse hosted a Late Night in the Phog midnight madness event with pole dancing, a money gun and Snoop Dogg. So which is it - is Bill Self supervising, and responsible for this (as he denies), or is he not supervising? And others in the outer orbits of the college basketball bribery scandal are relaxing, slipping away. Not as much immunity as the SDNY prosecutors left in the United Nations after two convictions of the bribers but not the bribees, but almost.

  On September 12 in an ill-attended sentencing before SDNY Judge Kimba Wood, Sood was all smiles. The only issue may be restitution and even that is not clear. Judge Woods asked the prosecutors to get her the transcripts or pleading from the proceedings before Judge Lewis Kaplan.

 The government's sentencing submission under Section 5K1.1 says among other things that "Sood gave Evans $2,000 in recognition of Evans having arranged the meeting for Sood with Player-1's mother." But it downplays his role in the University of Louisville scam, emphasizing that Sood only came in later. We hope to have more on this. For now, more on Patreon here.

  There is a continuum of focus on the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ranging down from investigations of Donald Trump through this coming week's narrowing NCAA basketball corruption trial down to the extremely narrow prosecution of only Patrick Ho for United Nations bribery. 

While rarely viewed together, there is a pattern here,  examined below. On the morning of May 6 Christian Dawkins' attorney Steve Haney played audio clips and said they showed Dawkins may have paid players and their families but did not pay coaches. Rather, he just took Jeff D'Angelo's money. Haney urged the jury, to begin deliberating later in the day, NOT to get on Jeff D'Angelo's yacht but rather to say bon voyage to his, a government agent, and the government's case. There was Merl Code in a conversation on wire tap about taking D'Angelo's money by taking up to Madison Square Garden to meet Melo and Porginzis, and a reference (in the transcript) to "[U/I] Williamson." Can you say, Zion?



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