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SportFormer college basketball assistant Lamont Evans gets 3-month prison sentence in corruption case

23:00  07 june  2019
23:00  07 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Former Oklahoma State and South Carolina men's basketball assistant coach Lamont Evans, who pleaded guilty to accepting $22,000 in bribes to funnel top players to agents and financial advisers, was sentenced Friday in federal court in New York to three months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos handed down the sentence a day after another former coach, Emmanuel "Book" Richardson, formerly of the University of Arizona, also was sentenced to three months in federal prison.

However, though the Jamaica-born Evans, 41, has lived most of his life in the U.S., he is not a citizen and likely faces deportation, according to Yahoo Sports.

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That leaves only Auburn assistant Chuck Person to be sentenced later this year among the four former high-profile assistant coaches who reached plea agreements in the Southern District of New York.

Evans was on Oklahoma State's staff, reportedly making $600,000 a year, when he was arrested in September 2017. His arrest, like the other assistants', was the result of being named in a far-reaching FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting that involved, among others, Adidas, several high-profile then-amateur players, runners for player agents and financial advisers.

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The coaches' former universities have claimed in victim-impact statements to Judge Ramos that the coaches' actions damaged the schools and athletic departments' respective reputations and could result in serious penalties from the NCAA for the universities.

The judge appeared to concur with the university, saying schools, students and players were victimized by a scandal that showed that the bribes were exchanged in order to manipulate young athletes.

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