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Former UA assistant basketball coach Book Richardson released from federal prison

Posted at 12:17 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 20:18:29-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona assistant basketball coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson was released from federal prison Tuesday, his attorney confirmed to KGUN9.

Craig Mordock, a New Orleans-based attorney who represents Richardson, said the former coach served 90 days and was released from prison in Otisville, N.Y.

Richardson must comply with conditions of supervised release for the remaining two years of the sentence.

In January, Richardson pleaded guilty that he accepted $20,000 in bribes to coax Arizona basketball players to hire aspiring agent Christian Dawkins.

Since the investigation began, Arizona basketball's name has been brought up several times, with claims that Richardson, aspiring agent Christian Dawkins and head coach Sean Miller were involved in discussing paying potential recruits, including Deandre Ayton.

In the 2017-2018 season, Miller claimed he never had a conversation related to paying Ayton.

On April 19, it was decided that Miller would not testify in the related bribery trial of Christian Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code. Both were convicted on bribery conspiracy charges.

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