TUCSON, Ariz. - The family of former Arizona basketball assistant coach Emmanuel "Book" Richardson spoke about his relationship with the University of Arizona since his arrest in an interview with Stadium released Wednesday.
Richardson is one of four assistant coaches that were arrested in 2017. He is facing up to 60 years in prison and one and $500,000 in fines if he's convicted on bribery and other charges connected to basketball recruiting.
Richardson's wife Erin says her husband feels abandoned and Sean Miller and the coaching staff has not communicated with him at all. "He feels like he was deemed guilty and thrown out with the trash," she said.
Richardson himself did not speak on camera during the interview but can be seen spending time with his family.
Jeff Goodman reports Richardson still watches every Arizona basketball game and even recommended the school to a top-50 recruit.
The family told Stadium they will keep an eye on the upcoming trials and then wait for the court's decision. We talk about it, but I really in my heart of hearts don’t believe he’s going to do time,” Erin said. “I really I don’t.