A former college basketball coach pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to corruption charges stemming from a bombshell federal investigation into recruitment kickbacks.
Chuck Person, recently fired from his associate head coach gig at Auburn University, is accused of pocketing $91,500 in bribes in exchange for directing players to a specific financial adviser once they made the NBA.
The onetime first-round Indiana Pacers draft pick solemnly told Manhattan Federal Court Judge Loretta Preska not guilty, your honor, when asked for his plea.
Person, 53, who sported an Auburn orange tie despite his recent firing, declined to comment as he left Preska’s courtroom.
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Rashan Michel, a bespoke clothier to pro athletes who allegedly set up bribes for Person, also maintained his innocence.
“Not guilty,” pleaded Michel, 43.
Michel, who sported a brown jacket, navy pants, and slate grey suede shoes to court, also declined to comment as he left.
Prosecutor Robert Boone, of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, told Preska that evidence against Person and Michel includes wiretaps, as well and bank and credit records.
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