Big Baller Brand patriarch LaVar Ball has commented on the NCAA bribery scandal that broke this week and resulted in ten suspects — including four college basketball assistants — being arrested on fraud charges for funneling money to recruits.
With three sons who have come up through the high school and AAU ranks to become highly-touted recruits, it would be a surprise if LaVar wasn’t aware of a widespread scandal.
When speaking about the news, LaVar said he has been approached with illegal offers for his sons “every summer.”
“Every summer,” LaVar said during an appearance on the CBS Sports Flagrant Two podcast. “They keep coming every summer to get me to say ‘yes.’ They offered you money, they offered to take care of the AAU team, they’re gonna give everybody uniforms, everybody shoes. I mean, it’s just, any kind of way.
“But see the word got out that LaVar don’t need that. Someone even had a false accusation that said, ‘Oh LaVar asked me for $200,000.’ I was like, ‘Wow, that’s funny.’ What am I gonna do with $200,000? After I’ve bought a car and paid some bills I’m stuck right where I’m at. So $200,000 ain’t gonna do nothing.”
None of this comes as a surprise.
Along with the ten suspects who were arrested by the FBI, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave with the expectation of being fired with allegations that he helped funnel $100,000 to land five-star recruit Brian Bowen. Pitino, however, is not currently facing any charges.
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