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Yahoo! report alleges Bam Adebayo met agent at The Melting Pot


New details have emerged regarding Bam Adebayo’s alleged encounter(s) with a sports agent while Adebayo was still an amateur, and they include a receipt from everyone’s favorite chain fondue restaurant, The Melting Pot.

In a new report from Yahoo! released overnight, we learn Adebayo is alleged to have had dinner with Stephen Pina, an agent from ASM Sports; and Eric Peartree, the shady figure who once played the role of guardian and mentor in Adebayo’s life, prior to Adebayo’s move to Kentucky. The dinner occurred at The Melting Pot’s Charlottesville, Va. location, following a day at the NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp back in the summer before Adebayo’s senior season of high school.

According to the dinner receipt presented in the report, each of the three men had the “summer catch” for $21.99 a plate, one side of the crab snow claws for the table, and one cranberry juice. Their bill came to $89.68, on which they left an $18.00 tip to bring it to $107.68, which is well beneath the NCAA’s “payback” threshold of $200.

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Yahoo!’s reporters on the story — Pat Forde (of course), Pete Thamel (of course) and Dan Wetzel — then acknowledge the dinner is “insignificant,” although it is part of a bigger problem for amateurism:

The significance of this meeting is how seemingly insignificant it was. It was dinner; a good dinner, but not some glitzy wining and dining. There is no evidence of bags of cash or new cars or anything you might see in a movie. There is no suggestion Pina was steering Adebayo to any school (he was uncommitted at the time but later attended the University of Kentucky for the 2016-17 season before becoming a first-round draft pick of the Miami Heat). Adebayo never even signed with ASM.

It reaffirms, however, the challenge for college sports leaders who are finally confronting the issue of how a young player’s free-market value runs counter to the NCAA’s standards of amateurism.

Bam Adebayo denies the meeting.

It’s also important to note that Adebayo dropped Eric Peartree from his life prior to college.

All things considered, Kentucky fans shouldn’t have any concerns about this being connected to the school in any way. If anything, we should be impressed that three people got out of The Melting Pot for under $100 before tip.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 responses to “Yahoo! report alleges Bam Adebayo met agent at The Melting Pot”

  1. ClutchCargo

    Even when acknowledging that the whole “bombshell” story amounted to nothing, they still don’t give up. Hilarious!

  2. Booby Petrino

    So was the whole ‘thousands of dollars in bad loans’ thing true?

  3. ukjaybrat

    i was probably most worried about bam of the three named. but in the last week or two. i’m not worried about anything. nothing that has been reported has or can be proven true. and a lot of it has already been proven false. so what is the ncaa going to do with any of it? especially just a dinner.

    1. IAmTheDanger

      Bam was the one I was worried about.

  4. Out-Of-Office

    Pat Forde and Pete Thamel continue to keep cranking out the hard hitting journalism of when and where kids eat!!! Go ahead and hand them a Pulitzer! Who gives a damn? obviously not the NCAA.

    1. Ez21

      Hey Forde has to do something now that he can’t follow around LaVar.

  5. Booby Petrino

    Taco Bell is better than the Melting Pot.

  6. Alex90

    1. How would Yahoo obtain this from the FBI?
    2. I don’t see Bam’ s name on it so ultimately it’s a receipt with no connection unless they have him on video on that day and time.

  7. WildcatMarkC

    I’ve been to The Melting Pot once and it cost me almost $300 for just my girlfriend and I. I did accidentally order a $120 bottle of wine, but still!

    1. dballrb

      Wine makes everything better. .

  8. maximumscott

    How does this receipt prove anything other than a meal that was had?

    1. UKinIN

      It’s my understanding that Thamel and Forde have an algorithm that uses a players age, height, weight, caloric intake, national ranking, and whether or not they went to UK that proves Bam was one of the three.

  9. secrick

    A lot to do about nothing .

  10. Duff86

    Again unsubstantiated evidence.The national speculation caused by their reporting is damaging the lives of many before they’ve had their time in court and proven guilty of any wrong doing. Take Sean Miller for example, we don’t know if any of what Yahoo reported is even true. Miller adamantly denies those claims, but we also don’t know if his statements are true. Miller either knows he did it, and knows that it’s going to be a loooooong time before he’s proven guilty, and knows he can still collect a check until found guilty, or he didn’t negotiate or have knowledge any of the alleged bribes. If it’s the later, all of those Yahoo guys should be fired for shitty and false reporting. Laws need to change because we all get our news in an instant now, long before any due process, and you better have your shit straight.

    1. jaws2

      Unless Bam is on video, signed the check so hand writing analysis would prove it, or there are credible witnesses, this ‘evidence’ means squat! We get false and ‘shitty’ reporting from most media outlets daily. NO ONE will be losing jobs over this. Unfortunately.

    2. BigBlueNationDude

      Exactly. The only real news is Fox News and Breitbart online

  11. CPACAT

    The presumption that Bam was there with a “guardian” figure, makes this even less interesting.

    When I was in high school and went to dinner with my parents, they paid, not me. But sometimes (my dad was a Methodist minister) people bought our family’s meal. I really had no idea who, or how often, because frankly it didn’t affect the 16 year old me. I got to eat, end of story. I never once considered how it might affect my NCAA eligibility (alas, that wasn’t really on my radar…LoL) or if that guy in our church in Campton was a professional sports agent or shiv for an agent. Luckily, accountants don’t have amateurism rules.

    1. oruacat2

      Actually that’s the thing that most concerns me – that any kid with a sketchy “guardian” or “mentor” who isn’t a family member doesn’t throw up red flags.

    2. oruacat2

      Question – we know what the rules regarding meals for these kids are now, but were they the same in 2015? If so, then this “mentor” or “guardian” guy is a dumbass if he let this happen.

  12. david8577

    No one else finds it odd that there is a single drink on that receipt?

    1. oruacat2

      My guess is the the adults had alcohol and it’s listed on a different receipt because they don’t get reimbursed for booze?

    2. catsfan27

      I think right under the Cranberry juice, there are 3 waters, it is just cut off. No big deal still lol

  13. UK BigBoardUpdate

    Nothingburger

    1. BigBlueNationDude

      Moronic statement

    2. BigBlueNationDude

      Is this your generic filler post?

  14. Wildcat Sheli

    Interesting that the article obscured the left side of the receipt. If you compare it to other Melting Pot receipts, it’s clear the first letters of “Guests: 6” has been cut off (“sts: 6”). Wonder why it doesn’t mention there were 6 guests at the table? Hmmm, it looks like some at the table didn’t get their meals paid for by that agent.

    1. oruacat2

      That is one helluva great point.

  15. They are Freshmen

    I filled out the survey using the code on the receipt and got a free fondue on my next visit.

  16. 4everUKblue

    The lack of proof of anything will make CodRedNeck and Slater even madder than they already are.