Suns rookie Deandre Ayton on family friend reportedly being paid $15K by Adidas
The FBI’s continued investigation of corruption in the college basketball ranks continues and it has plenty of concerned people on their toes. That includes Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, whose family allegedly received money from a former Adidas employee so that he’d choose to play for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats during his short stint in college basketball.
When asked about the issue, the Suns big man expressed his confidence in his inner circle not being involved in such activity, per Cameron Cox of 12 News.
“I am so clueless on that. I don’t know why my name is on that. Me and my family, my family has been supportive of me my whole career. I don’t think they would do anything like that. But I just know that my main goal right now is my first game as an NBA player Wednesday coming up.”
In the college basketball corruption trial, an ex-adidas consultant testified he paid a family friend of Deandre Ayton $15K to give to Ayton's mom during his junior year of high school. Deandre's response "I don't think they (my family) would do anything like that." #12Sports pic.twitter.com/Lr8NHHgUPx
— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) October 12, 2018
Apart from that alleged $15,000 worth of money that Deandre Ayton’s family got, there’s also the $100,000 that Miller supposedly discussed to pay the 7-foot-1 big man to ensure his commitment to the Tucson-based college program.
In his one-year stint in Arizona, Ayton posted a fantastic stat line of 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, while also shooting 61.2 percent from the field. He was not able to lead the Wildcats to a national championship, but he was instrumental in helping Arizona win the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles.
It’s going to get ugly on the legal court before everything is settled completely for the entire college basketball community. For the Suns’ young behemoth in Deandre Ayton, he’s hoping that he and his close friends will be cleared of any wrongdoings.