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Federal Judge Calls for College Basketball Scandal Leaks to Cease

Last week the college basketball world was flipped upside down when reports by Mark Schlabach, Pete Thamel and Pat Forde revealed previously sealed information from the FBI’s investigation of bribery in college basketball.  The reports sent fans into a frenzy, forced Sean Miller and a few players to the sideline and enraged a federal judge.

Today at a pretrial hearing in New York, federal prosecutors said the early release of evidence could ruin their investigation.  According to Bloomberg, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Diskant called the leak “very, very concerning.”

Defense attorneys denied they were the source of the leaked information.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the parties to keep the confidential documents confidential. “This stops now,” the judge said, “wherever it came from.”



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

33 Comments for Federal Judge Calls for College Basketball Scandal Leaks to Cease

  1. Booby Petrino
    2:11 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    It’s sad that media is in such a rush to be the first ones to report something that they don’t even care if their story is right or if it’s jeopardizing investigations.

    • BonnieTayshaunBilly
      2:52 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      First, you’re commenting on a media site, so bash the media if you want to, but you appear to be a consumer. Second, the judge didn’t say the reports were wrong. When the judge says the leaks must stop, that seems to indicate the reports are probably true (even though so many people complain about unnamed sources the sources seem right. Journalists keep sources unnamed to protect them and so they will be inclined to give info in the future). Third, this reporting on the NCAA is not putting lives in jeopardy. There are rules on what can be reported, but this doesn’t cross that line.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:16 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Well the media has a history of misquoting and getting stories wrong and Booby is right, they will sacrifice accuracy to be the first to break a story.

    • JTHinton
      3:22 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Indeed 4ever. Will get bad info and print just to be the first and often used very misleading headlines.

    • Booby Petrino
      3:47 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      well Bonnie, I didn’t say KSR wasn’t a media site, so settle down. Not sure who peed in your Wheaties but it wasn’t me. And I never said anything was wrong with what they reported, but I have seen instances where they report the wrong things in a hurry to be correct. For instance, like when Shaun White won gold a few weeks ago but NPR wanted to be first and published that he won Silver. When they rush to be first, they make mistakes.
      Now…they reported a lot of things but no backup information. So they made people look bad without having the whole story. Everyone was bashing Bam for being in the books for “bad loans” without even knowing the details of the “bad loans” or verifying that it was true.
      Never said they’re jeopardizing lives. Good grief, lighten up.
      Finally, I stand by what I said and your paragraph changed nothing.

    • Booby Petrino
      3:53 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      *in a hurry to be first. There ya go, when someone rushes (like I did when typing) they are likely to make mistakes…just as I was saying. At least my comments don’t effect the lives of these young kids.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:19 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      BTB, so many assumptions in your comment, I don’t even know where to begin. Maybe the part about being a consumer. Who wants to consume BS? It’s called holding “journalists” accountable for irresponsible reporting. Also, the judge saying the leaks must stop has nothing whatsoever to do with whether they are true. It just means shut up about it until the legal process is complete. Pretty sure he wouldn’t be ok with completely made up stories being passed around by those involved in the investigation either.

    • joseph_daniel
      5:48 am March 1, 2018 Permalink

      John Henry you are correct sir. I wouldn’t get all frustrated at the press because they are likely doing their job 100% correct per the instruction/orders they receive. Investigative Journalism is an oxymoron yo. It doesn’t exist. Too much money and controlling interests out there to allow that.

      Having said all that, no press, govt, etc can stop the truth from always surfacing.

      Luke 8:17-18

      “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

    • Cals Hoverboard
      5:02 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      BonnieTay, your comment was one that I couldn’t avoid responding to. Your first point, bash the media but “you’re a consumer”? That implies that we, being a reader of the information are culpable in some way when the media is releasing information from a sealed FBI Investigation. That’s like saying some company puts out a product that’s harmful, defamitory, illegal,, etc. and I’m partially responsible because I’m a “consumer”! In what realm of logic does that hold water? And your second point, a judge is ordering parties to stop releasing sealed and confidential information from a FBI Investigation, “so that means the information must be true”. How in God’s name does that make sense? The source of much of the information released this week is from some documents of a convicted con man with a history of lying and cheating others out of money. And that’s why several media outlets are backtracking on some of their earlier reporting. In my opinion, everything being reported right now “crosses that line”.

    • Cals Hoverboard
      5:11 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      The wiretaps, while I’m further upset that they were released in the same fashion (leaked by the media), this is information gathered directly (probably, again we don’t know) by FBI field agents authorized by a Federal Judge. This is very damning information, if true. But my point is, why are we all seeing this information on fricken Yahoo when it’s part of a confidential FBI investigation?

    • ukcamel
      5:14 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Bonnie, your first point makes no logical sense. You are saying that by consuming media you cannot then criticize media without some unsaid contradiction, but you never connect the two positions. It’s like saying if you bake pies for a living, then you shouldn’t eat cake. It’s just nonsense.

    • 502CodeRed
      5:28 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      LOL at lil boobs. Bonnie replied to you in a rational, non aggressive manner and you got pissy and took offense. Seriously, look at your reply. I had you pegged as a little girl from the start. smh

    • 4everUKblue
      5:32 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      LOL at CodeRedNeck….We all know your lonely and you’ve got nothing to look forward to with your team, but seriously bro, get a hobby or a hooker or something.

  2. RealCatsFan
    2:14 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    In other words, Forde and Thameltoe, shut your pie holes!

  3. TonyMontana
    2:15 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    I cant wait to see who else is involved. Also, how in the world does Sean Miller expect to be vindicated? Its on wiretap. There’s no explanation that will result in vindication.

    How in the world did we miss out on Shareef O’Neal? He signed with UCLA? Really? Geez…. I guess Cal just didnt want him or he knows something we dont. (Wiseman… Montgomery)

    • ukbradstith
      2:42 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      He doesn’t have an offer from UK yet, he didn’t want to wait to see if he was getting one. If we get Montgomery, and/or don’t have any bigs leave, we won’t have room anyway.

  4. secrick
    2:29 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Pat Forde just trying to help out his ole buddy Ricky, P from faces his crimes all by himself.

  5. Alleykat16
    2:40 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sick and,tired,of,hearing these x-nba and players now calling college basketball a scam and telling players to boycott the final4 look the college game needs to have change yes but for them to run it into the ground just turns me off I’m not a big nba fan except for the guys that has played at UK Lebron James calling the college game a scam what about the shoes he puts his name his name on selling for hundreds of dollars to kids and we all know it dont cost that much to make the labor for them most likely most coming from sweat shops from Asia somewhere you want to talk about scam lets get real yes college basketball makes schools alot of money but the schools are not the ones that’s made the one and done rule it comes from your employer Lebron I think players ought to make money while in college from jerseys and autographs while at school not after leaving but these people calling the game out is just the kettle calling the pot black its just wrong can anyone else comment on this I would,like,to hear how yall feel

    • dcarlinf1
      2:52 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Wow. Hurts my head to try and read this.

    • crystal_blue_persuasion
      3:01 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Dude, use a period every now and then

    • Realme
      3:01 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Move some of those commas elsewhere, and your very reasonable comments would also become readable.

  6. UKantstopus
    2:46 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Must have found out dUKe was involed.. Can’t have that coming out..

    • rabblerabblerabble
      5:01 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, ffs.

  7. hillbilly cat
    2:52 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    FBI standard mode of operation. Mueller’s team leaked again today about Trump investigation. I hope Knox can sue them over character defamation for a $40 Texas Road House meal that may not have actually happened.

  8. John Henry
    2:53 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    The Feds demanding leaks stop is a disgusting joke. That is what they do. All the time. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department are corrupt and political.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:36 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^True story

    • ClutchCargo
      4:24 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      They are indeed corrupt and political, yet the leaks really do need to stop.

  9. mikeintn
    3:03 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    I agree with you Alleykat16.

  10. lexslamman
    3:40 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Confidential information from anonymous sources should be the foundation for a story in only the rarest, most exceptional circumstances. Good journalists can always find confirmation.

  11. lexslamman
    3:42 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Also, we shouldn’t be giving out athletic scholarships and we should end the illusion of college players’ so-called amateur status. Let them be professional and get paid if they want.

    Furthermore, let’s end the practice of allowing paid professional athletes to compete in any Olympic event. Amateurs only. I say that because this was one of the best Olympic hockey tournaments I have ever watched, and it was notable for its exclusion of NHL talent.

  12. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:06 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Have to find the leaker first. Can’t stop the media from reporting on whatever they want. Freedom of the press>Federal Judge orders.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:29 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Did you read the actual story or just the comments? The judge was talking to the attorneys, which he has every right to do, not the press.

  13. BigBlue4Three
    5:13 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    How about the FBI actually investigate individuals they’ve received over 30 tips about PRIOR to them shooting up a school. Perhaps a better use of resources instead of using tax payer’s dollars to ferret out $40 lunches at Denny’s.