Former Kentucky center Bam Adebayo was named in the latest Yahoo! Sports report on the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, but so far he has denied any wrongdoing.
That, too, goes for his high school coach. Adebayo’s coach, Brandon Clifford, told the Lexington Herald-Leader Friday that the former Wildcat never took any money from agents.
“As far as I know, Bam has never taken a dime from anybody,” Clifford said. “He committed himself to doing things the right way.”
However, Yahoo!’s Pete Thamel reported early Friday morning that Adebayo’s name is listed on documents seized from ASM, a high-profile sports management company that was raided by the FBI last year. The documents indicate he was given a loan of $12,000, and he was also referenced as a “bad loan” for 36,500. Adebayo did not sign with ASM after leaving Kentucky for the NBA.
As far as Adebayo himself goes, he has yet to comment on the situation.
Heat say Bam Adebayo won’t comment on Yahoo report of potential NCAA violations.
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The former Wildcat averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds per game in his only season at Kentucky. He was drafted No. 14 overall by the Miami Heat, and he’s enjoying a solid rookie season. So far, he’s averaged over 7 points and 5 rebounds in about 20 minutes of action per game.
If Adebayo is found to have taken impermissible benefits by the NCAA, it’s possible Kentucky could have to vacate wins for the 2016-17 season.
Current Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox was also implicated, but his father spoke with SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker and denied any wrongdoing.
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