Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sean Miller Alleged to Have Given Deandre Ayton $10,000 A Month

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2019 at 11:38 AM

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Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller's name has come up frequently during the federal court case against Christian Dawkins and co-defendant Merl Code.

Wednesday's proceedings included a wiretap that proports to show former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel 'Book' Richardson discussing an ongoing payment scheme to former Wildcat Deandre Ayton.

Ayton, who was selected number one overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, was mentioned by Richardson during a wiretapped conversation with Dawkins.

Among the damning evidence entered into record on Wednesday was this transcript, from Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel's Yahoo Sports story. 

Amid the seven wiretaps played in court during the college basketball bribery trial, there were multiple inferences of Miller himself personally paying Ayton.

On one call between Dawkins and Richardson, the two discussed Ayton and the possibility of Dawkins’ management company eventually signing Ayton. That’s when Miller came up.

“You know what he bought per month,” Richardson said on the call concerning what Richardson believed was Miller’s agreement with Ayton.

“What he do?” Dawkins asked.

“I told you, 10,” Richardson said.

Later, Dawkins said, “Hey, he’s putting up some real money for them [racial slur].”

Also on the calls, the two discussed that Richardson did not need to use any of the $20,000 that Dawkins’ company was going to give him to pay Wildcat player Rawle Alkins because Miller was allegedly handling him.

“You already know, Sean’s taking care of Rawle and them,” Dawkins said. “So it ain’t no expense to Rawle. So that’s easy.”

Richardson has already pleaded guilty to accepting a $20,000 bribe as part of the FBI's investigation, and will be sentenced for his charge on May 30.

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