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Chuck Person to Plead Guilty

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Mark SchlabachESPN Senior Writer

Former Auburn basketball assistant Chuck Person has agreed to plead guilty to accepting bribes from an FBI cooperating witness to influence Tigers players to sign with certain financial advisers and business managers once they turned pro.

In a letter Friday to U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Boone and Aline Flodr wrote, "It is the government's understanding that the defendant Chuck Connors Person wishes to enter a change of plea in the above-captioned case."

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in New York.

Person had previously pleaded not guilty to six felony charges related to bribery, solicitation of bribes, wire fraud and travel act conspiracy.

According to sources, Person is expected to plead guilty to one conspiracy charge and will receive a sentence similar to the ones offered to former assistant coaches -- with a recommended sentence of about 24 to 30 months in prison -- in a separate criminal case involving college basketball corruption.

Person's co-defendant, former NBA referee and Atlanta bespoke clothier Rashan Michel, is still scheduled to go to trial in New York in June.

A former Auburn and NBA player and an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2014 to 2017, Person is accused of soliciting and accepting at least $91,500 from Louis Martin Blazer III, a former financial adviser, who was working as a cooperating witness for the FBI in its investigation into college basketball corruption.

Person is also accused of helping facilitate money to players' families. The government alleges he provided $11,000 to one player's family and $7,500 to another's.

Michel is accused of brokering the relationship between Blazer and Person, as well as receiving tens of thousands of dollars from Blazer to introduce him to Person and other college coaches.

Auburn players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy were ruled ineligible for the 2017-18 season after the university self-reported violations involving recruiting, extra benefits and agents. Purifoy was also suspended for 30 percent of the 2018-19 season and didn't play in the Tigers' first nine games this season.

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11 hours ago, GwillMac6 said:

Person is accused of soliciting and accepting at least $91,500 from Louis Martin Blazer III, a former financial adviser, who was working as a cooperating witness for the FBI

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Jail time?...did not expect that.

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17 minutes ago, tigeraddikt said:

I still fail to see how getting paid to influence someone is defined as bribery.

It is generally accepted that ignorance of the law is no excuse...…..:)    and I expect CP's attorneys have tried your explanation already. 

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Auburn players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy were ruled ineligible for the 2017-18 season after the university self-reported violations involving recruiting, extra benefits and agents. Purifoy was also suspended for 30 percent of the 2018-19 season and didn't play in the Tigers' first nine games this season.

I forget, what was Colin Sexton's suspension?

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16 minutes ago, AFTiger said:

I forget, what was Colin Sexton's suspension?

Oh, there was nothing to see there.  They looked into it.

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The real questions:

Who at Auburn would have know this was going on?

Who at Auburn should have know this was going on?

 

 

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7 hours ago, AFTiger said:

I forget, what was Colin Sexton's suspension?

I think he got a meal or something …..cause of his suspension....not quite the same thing...

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9 hours ago, AU64 said:

It is generally accepted that ignorance of the law is no excuse...…..:)    and I expect CP's attorneys have tried your explanation already. 

Oh wait I think I was confusing bribery with blackmail lol. Nvm.

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22 hours ago, MCG said:

The real questions:

Who at Auburn would have know this was going on?

 

 

Who at Auburn should have know this was going on?

 

 

 

 

Nobody and nobody. It had nothing to do with the program or university. It was a deal between Chuck Person and the two players to wear a certain brand of shoes should they reach the NBA. Understanding what happened would help to keep you from asking stupid questions.

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5 hours ago, Mikey said:

Nobody and nobody. It had nothing to do with the program or university. It was a deal between Chuck Person and the two players to wear a certain brand of shoes should they reach the NBA. Understanding what happened would help to keep you from asking stupid questions.

Thanks for your answer .

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Wow..still can't believe Chuck needed money so bad to do this.    I think I read somewhere he had made like $21 mio during his time in the NBA (total).   Even if it was half that....Come on, man.

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