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.