Ex-NBA star dirt on ‘tap’
The feds tapped two phones belonging to ex-NBA star Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors Person while investigating him in one of the biggest corruption scandals to rock college sports, it emerged Tuesday.
The FBI tapped one of Person’s phones for three months and another for one month, Manhattan federal prosecutor Robert Boone told Judge Loretta Preska. In all, the feds have 16 hours of “pertinent” calls from two of Person’s phones, Boone told Preska.
Person, a former Auburn University assistant basketball coach, is one of four NCAA coaches accused in a widespread scheme to steer players into sometimes questionable business contracts in exchange for bribes from managers, financial advisers and sportswear execs and representatives.
Person allegedly pocketed $91,500 from the government’s cooperating witness, crooked investment adviser Louis Martin Blazer III, in exchange for pushing players to Blazer as clients.
Person has pleaded not guilty.