Report: Miles Bridges’ Mother Took Impermissible Benefits From Sports Agent
Yahoo Sports has obtained federal documents that allege that the mother of Michigan State basketball sophomore star forward Miles Bridges violated NCAA rules by taking money and receiving meals from an associate of an agent in 2016.
The documents implicate dozens of prominent current and former college basketball players as well as some of the biggest and most successful college basketball programs. The documents show expense reports as to who received money/benefits in recent years.
In the expense reports, here is what Cynthia Bridges, Miles mother, allegedly received from Christian Dawkins, an associate of sports agent Andy Miller (Dawkins and Miller are at the center of the FBI's probe into college basketball corruption):
May 3, 2016: “Redwood Lodge. Lunch w/Miles Bridges Parents. $70.05.”
May 3, 2016: “ATM Withdrawal: Miles Bridges mom advance. $400”
As with players, parents taking extra benefits from agents while their child is still an NCAA student athlete is considered an impermissible benefit that could result in sanctions by way of NCAA violation.
Yahoo's story is their latest on the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball. In late 2017, the FBI arrested several assistant coaches from the college basketball ranks in association with a kick-back scheme. This same investigation ultimately led to Louisville's firing of legendary coach Rick Pitino.
More from Yahoo's story:
Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families.
Yahoo Sports viewed hundreds of pages of documents from the years-long probe that had federal authorities monitoring multiple targets and intercepting more than 4,000 calls across 330 days, providing a clear-eyed view into the pervasive nature of the game’s underground economy.
The documents tie some of the biggest names and programs in the sport to activity that appears to violate the NCAA’s amateurism rules. This could end up casting a pall over the NCAA tournament because of eligibility issues. There’s potential impermissible benefits and preferential treatment for players and families of players at Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, Alabama and a host of other schools. The documents link some of the sport’s biggest current stars – Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Duke’s Wendell Carter – to specific potential extra benefits for either the athletes or their family members. The amounts tied to players in the case range from basic meals to tens of thousands of dollars.
Dawkins also listed paid dinners with MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo on spreadsheets obtained by the FBI.