Louisville basketball news: Mom of Brian Bowen claims ignorance
The recruitment scandal that’s currently rocking the world of college basketball is just getting started.
The Louisville Cardinals are among the programs being probed by the FBI, whose interest in the school mostly lies in the way it recruited a certain player that was allegedly made possible by an Adidas executive paying the recruit’s family money in exchange for choosing to suit up for Louisville.
It was, reportedly, a promise that he’ll eventually endorse the company. This is being reported by The Courier-Journal, which, by using deductive reasoning, raises five-star talent Brian Bowen as the likely unnamed player involved in the scandal.
The FBI investigation into NCAA basketball corruption alleges that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked national recruit to play at Louisville and to represent Adidas when he turned pro.
The recruit is identified only as “Player-10” in one of three federal criminal complaints released Tuesday. His family was to be paid in four installments.
Player-10 is said to have committed to University-6 on or about June 3, 2017, “or almost immediately after the illicit bribe scheme.”
Reached out for comment, Bowen’s mother, Carrie Malecke, denied the accusations and said she’s completely oblivious of such anomalous transaction happening between her family and Adidas.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Bowen’s mother, Carrie Malecke, said when contacted Tuesday by the Courier-Journal. “I don’t know anything about that. I’m not aware of anything like that. Not me. I had no idea.”
Bowen announced his intent to don Louisville colors in college back in June, which is right around the time the FBI’s report said the bribe occurred. In addition, the University-6 the report singled out points to a Kentucky university that has 22,640 students, qualities that the University of Louisville has.
Louisville men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino has earlier released a statement as a reaction to the fact that the FBI is currently investigating the school about the matter. Rick Pitino claiming ignorance is just what Rick Pitino does.
Louisville’s 2017 recruitment class is ranked 14th in the nation according to 247sports.com.