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Book Richardson is going to jail

Book Richardson, the former Arizona assistant caught up in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, is going to jail.

On Thursday, Richardson was sentenced to three months behind bars and two years probation for his leading role in the game’s bribery scandal. He will also have to cough up the $20,000 he accepted as payment.

U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos called it “a serious crime” that “went beyond violating NCAA rules.”

Richardson was very apologetic to the University of Arizona for what he did:

“I want to apologize to the University of Arizona, President (Robert C.) Robbins for everything that’s happened,” Richardson said. “Just knowing who I am and it was a mistake that happened because it was a mistake; it wasn’t a conduct that’s natural and normal. And I think my former players, I think my family will attest to that. And again any student-athlete that I hurt, any student-athlete I put in a bad way, I apologize sincerely. And I’m always going to be their coach, I’m always going to be their uncle and to some of them I’ll be their dad. And unfortunately this happened and hopefully we can build something positive from it.” [AZCentral.com]

Many people, myself included, are surprised Richardson will actually go to jail. Jeff Goodman tweeted, “Still incredible that Book Richardson is going to serve actual time for this.”

Richardson is the only player in this game going to jail, so far. Former USC assistant Tony Bland got off with probation yesterday.

Let this be a reminder that you shouldn’t take advantage of young people for your own personal gain. Matter of fact, don’t bribe anyone.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

15 Comments for Book Richardson is going to jail



  1. Headhurts
    2:16 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    So what we’re saying is book got booked. Heck only 3 months he’ll probably be back at it in no time, just more careful this time.



  2. BobbyBlue
    2:42 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    What is unbelievable is that Sean Miller is still coaching at Arizona and even has a top 5 recruiting class



  3. steverc
    2:50 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    All this is yet the NCAA is silent….now that who needs to be investigated !!!!!!!!!!!



    • Mathlete
      4:22 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

      They probably served their NOAs, but the universities have time to respond before it’s made public



  4. Bluebloodtoo
    3:09 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    I think this is fitting for a first offense. 3 months in jail isn’t going to destroy your family, but that 3 month experience will alter how he conducts business going forward for the rest of his life, and probably his children’s thought process as well.



  5. ClutchCargo
    3:16 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Book ’em, Danno.



  6. J-Dub421
    3:18 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    So, when does Arizona vacate wins? They clearly cheated if Richardson is going to jail.



  7. gobble gobble
    4:29 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Only 3 months in prison?? Why not just cheat some more?… after all, it’s only 3 months



  8. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:40 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Arizona says “Book was not directly involved in any of the recruiting this year”, NCAA responds “Works for me”.



  9. Flynn25
    7:10 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Book is a good dude He is the fall guy for Sean Miller. That’s that white privilege There is no way Miller should still be coaching he is the real cheater



    • IndianaSucks
      12:27 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing to do with white privilege my friend. It’s called sh!t rolls down hill. He knew what he was doing and signing up for. Can’t bring race into this. Besides, it’s not all over yet.



    • IndianaSucks
      12:31 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Also, just because something in life involves different races doesn’t mean it automatically is racial… That’s a lot of the problem with right there.



    • Glock
      7:14 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Racist comment for sure if he were black would u have posted “black privilege”? I highly doubt it…there is no NAAWP you know



    • Flynn25
      10:34 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      @glock I know, it’s not called NAAWP it’s called KKK



  10. peaches76
    9:11 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    These schools that are involved continue to recruit at a high level…someone tell me where the downside to this is?