Attorneys seek to have FBI’s wiretapped calls by Adidas executive connected to Rick Pitino thrown out

The ongoing investigation into a massive college basketball corruption scandal could be on the verge of another turn.

Attorneys for several of the individuals involved in the investigation are looking to have the FBI’s wiretaps of calls made by James Gatto, an Adidas executive, thrown out, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Courier-Journal’s Chris White reports that although it is not known whether or not Gatto’s phone communication with former Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino was recorded, “the documents for the first time confirm the FBI had tapped Gatto’s phone during its investigation.”

Now Gatto, along with several others named in the investigation, do not want those phone calls used as evidence moving forward. They argue, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel, that the government official that ordered the wiretap was not disclosed properly.

[T]he most glaring comes from a claim of “a failure to identify the authorizing justice official” in the paperwork to obtain a wiretap.

According to the filing, the government’s paperwork to authorize an initial wiretap on Munish Sood, one of the defendants, says: “the Application has been authorized by [FILL IN], Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.”

According to the filings, failing to fill in that section could result in a breach that could potentially make it invalid.

As a result of the FBI’s investigation, Pitino was fired after allegations were made that Adidas had provided cash for a player provided the player committed to Louisville. Adidas has been a longtime equipment partner of the University of Louisville and recently signed a ten-year contract with the school.

The then-unnamed player was later revealed to be former five-star signee Brian Bowen. Bowen would later leave the program and transfer to South Carolina.

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