Pros­e­cu­tors sub­poena Ok­la­homa State

The Day - - LOCAL SPORTS - By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

Ok­la­homa City — Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the in­volve­ment of Ok­la­homa State bas­ket­ball in a wider cor­rup­tion scan­dal have asked the school to de­tail its com­mu­ni­ca­tions with three key play­ers in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as well as play­ers and their par­ents.

A grand jury sub­poena pro­vided to the As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day asks Ok­la­homa State to pro­duce all com­mu­ni­ca­tions between any mem­ber of the school’s coach­ing or ath­letic staff and for­mer sports agent Chris­tian Dawkins, fi­nan­cial ad­viser Martin Blazer and in­vest­ment ad­viser Mu­n­ish Sood.

Dawkins and Sood are ac­cused of fun­nel­ing money to coaches and par­ents to con­vince play­ers to align with them if they turned pro. Blazer had par­tic­i­pated in sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and be­gan co­op­er­at­ing with au­thor­i­ties in 2014. He pleaded guilty last month to fraud and other crimes. Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaints, Blazer worked with fed­eral of­fi­cials to set up meet­ings with nu­mer­ous coaches and oth­ers in bas­ket­ball to get ev­i­dence of bribery.

The school pro­vided the sub­poena to The As­so­ci­ated Press af­ter a pub­lic records re­quest. The Ok­la­homan first re­ported the sub­poena’s ex­is­tence on Wed­nes­day.

The sub­poena, filed by fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in New York, re­quests the per­son­nel file of fired as­sis­tant coach La­mont Evans, plus NCAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion forms for all play­ers on the cur­rent team. It also asks for all doc­u­ments re­gard­ing ac­tual or po­ten­tial NCAA rules vi­o­la­tions and records of all com­mu­ni­ca­tions between the ath­letic depart­ment and cur­rent play­ers and par­ents of cur­rent play­ers.

The pros­e­cu­tors are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from cell­phones, tablets, lap­tops, desk­top com­put­ers, phones, emails, so­cial me­dia ac­counts and other types of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Evans is ac­cused of ac­cept­ing $2,000 a month in bribes to fun­nel ath­letes to cer­tain agents, and that trig­gered fall­out. Ok­la­homa State spokesman Gary Shutt said last week that the school had hired a com­pli­ance group to as­sist with an in­ter­nal re­view, and that the school is co­op­er­at­ing with U.S. au­thor­i­ties.

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