There are two sides to the Brian Bowen play-for-pay story and we’ll soon know which is being truthful.
On one side we have the Bowen family and Rick Pitino and others, all deniers of any knowledge of any payments to the Bowens. Then on the other side we have Munish Sood, a financial planner in New Jersey, who says otherwise.
Sood stood in front of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, on Day 3 of college basketball’s bribery and corruption trial, and said he personally handed $19,400 in cash to Brian Bowen Sr., the father of the former Louisville commit. Sood said the payment was to ensure Bowen would attend Louisville and he handed it to Bowen’s father in a parking lot in New Jersey on July 13, 2017. Bowen had already committed at that point.
Sood was advised to deliver the payment by Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, he said, and that he was working with them to land high school and college basketball players.
So, somebody is lying about payments to Brian Bowen’s family and I have a hard time believing it’s the guy who testified in court today.
But according to Jeff Goodman, Bowen Sr. will be called to testify in the case and he has immunity from prosecution in exchange for his side of the story. Will he admit to the hand out?