Former Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson was among those named as having had impermissible contact with the sports agency ASM in a Yahoo! Sports report on Friday morning, but Irish basketball coach Mike Brey tells it a bit differently.
Brey addressed Jackson’s name surfacing in the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball and claimed that the balance sheet tying Jackson to ASM agent Andy Miller’s right-hand man Christian Dawkins is inaccurate. According to Brey, neither Jackson nor his family ever met with Dawkins.
Instead, Brey insists Jackson’s family met with Miller personally but only after he had already declared for the NBA Draft and was eligible to make contact with agencies during the selection process, according to a report from Tom Noie of the South Bend Tribune.
Jackson spent three seasons with the Irish before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He’d go on to be drafted in the second round by the Boston Celtics and has since signed two-way contracts with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.
He’s currently stashed with the Delaware 87ers, Philadelphia’s G-League affiliate.
Jackson did not sign with ASM and Notre Dame’s claims that the meeting took place before the draft would seemingly insulate them from being charged with an NCAA violation unless additional evidence is presented that proves Jackson or his family met with an agent and accepted impermissible benefits while he was still playing.
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