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FBI’s investigation into college hoops just got messier

It’s been over six months since the FBI rocked the sports world with its report about bribery in college basketball, but it turns out the investigation itself may be compromised. Sports Illustrated is reporting that the lead FBI operative in the probe is under fire for allegedly misusing federal funds, putting the prosecution’s case at risk.

The agent, Joe DeAngelo, went undercover a real estate magnate interested in investing in Christian Dawkins’ sports agency, giving Dawkins money to funnel to college coaches to lure stars to their services. Dawkins took the bait, and because he used government money, was guilty of a federal crime; however, DeAngelo messed up too, allegedly using federal money on gambling, food, and beverages before and after his interactions with Dawkins in Vegas. He was pulled off the case and now, the lawyers for James Gatto, the Adidas executive also accused of felony wire fraud and money laundering, are trying to use DeAngelo’s misconduct to derail the prosecution’s case.

What a mess. With criminal cases set to go to trial this fall, the only thing that’s really come out of the FBI probe so far was Louisville firing Rick Pitino, and after this report, you know he won’t be able to keep his mouth shut. Hand over the popcorn.

[Sports Illustrated]


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12 Comments for FBI’s investigation into college hoops just got messier

  1. Bobbum Man
    3:38 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Not sure why it would matter from the NCAAs standpoint, the teams and coaches still cheated regardless of what the dumb fbi guy did

    • Mathlete
      3:48 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

      She’s talking about the federal criminal cases, not the NCAA’s infractions cases. The FBI doesn’t care at all about paying players, and the NCAA doesn’t care about agents paying coaches to direct players to them

  2. secrick
    3:46 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    So what you are saying is the bad guys are bad and the good guys are bad and there is no good at all in a bad thing.

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    3:55 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Yet another example of how rich people never get held accountable. Perfect example of the power of money.

  4. ClutchCargo
    4:03 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    The biggest sigh of relief has to be coming from the NCAA headquarters. This could give them just the out they need to throw up their hands and say it isn’t their problem.

  5. VinDatuk
    4:10 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    The FBI could screw up a wet dream right now.

  6. TBW3011
    4:16 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    So the FBI is a bunch of corrupt, rogue shitheads? Next blog title: Yao Ming is Tall

    • Han
      4:53 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

      Nope. That’s “fake news.” There are humans working there, and individuals can make mistakes or break laws, but the people who want you to think the FBI is full of liars are themselves corrupt liars doing and saying anything they can to distract people from the truth..

    • Bluebloodtoo
      6:32 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

      You guys realize that every news outlet in America is a business who’s primary goal is to make money, right? All of them sensationalize and report what sounds good to get ratings. They are just like Hollywood. None of them are trustworthy. None.

  7. Gettlefingers
    6:25 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Hillary must not have paid much attention to what’s been uncovered about the fbi over the last year