TUCSON, Ariz. - Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified Thursday in federal court that he directed $15,000 to DeAndre Ayton's mother on behalf of the company.
Matt Norlander Jr. of CBS Sports tweeted the information. Several sports executives and basketball coaches are accused of taking part in a bribery ring involving top basketball athletes and shoe company money.
TJ Gassnola testified that he paid $15,000 to a family friend of Deandre Ayton that was to be given to Ayton’s mother. This was when Ayton was a junior in high school.
In February, ESPN reported that FBI wiretaps recorded UA coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to an agent on behalf of DeAndre Ayton, who played one year at UA before becoming the top NBA Draft pick, now playing for the Phoenix Suns. An attorney who conducted the UA's internal investigation on the matter said the ESPN report was false.
In March, Miller denied ever having directed payment to a recruit or knowingly having violating NCAA rules.