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ESPN report: Convicted agent talked with Sean Miller, planned to pay Rawle Alkins

ESPN report: Convicted agent talked with Sean Miller, planned to pay Rawle Alkins
Published On: Mon, Oct 29
March 14, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller instructs during the second half in the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference tournament against the Oregon Ducks at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Wildcats defeated the Ducks 80-52. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Aspiring agent Christian Dawkins wrote of a plan to pay UA standout Rawle Alkins and his family $50,000 while he played for Arizona last season, ESPN reported in a lengthy story posted Sunday night.

The report also linked Dawkins to UA coach Sean Miller via phone records. Phones registered to Dawkins and Miller were connected multiple times between May 3 and July 2, 2017, ESPN reported, citing evidentiary files obtained from the federal trial involving college basketball. Thirteen of those calls lasted five minutes or longer.

Michael Schachter, the defense attorney for Adidas executive James Gatto, unsuccessfully tried to enter into evidence the fact that the FBI did not record a handful of calls between Miller and Dawkins, ESPN reported, even though the attorney said Miller was listed as a a€œtargeta€ of the FBI wiretaps.

a€œThere are a number of calls that occurred that the defendants had with people that are very relevant to this investigation, and for whatever reason those calls simply were not recorded at all,a€ Schachter told U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, according to ESPN. a€œWe can demonstrate that. For example, there are multiple calls with one of the targets of the wiretap, a person who was mentioned in opening statement, Sean Miller, who is a coach at the University of Arizona.a€

ESPN reported that Dawkins sent an email to partner Munish Sood on Sept. 5, 2017, that detailed a plan to pay Alkins. The aspiring agent planned to pay Alkins $2,500 a month from September 2017 through April 2017, plus another $30,000 in travel expenses for Alkinsa€™ family.

Dawkins also wrote that he wanted to give Alkinsa€™ cousin, Rodney Labossiere, a share of his new sports management business.

a€œRodney will get 25 percent of net income we generate from Rawle as well as additional players he brings in moving forward,a€ Dawkins wrote, according to ESPN. a€œRodney has a bonus structure in his contract as well for delivering players at ($)10,000 for a first round pick, $2,000 for a second round pick.a€

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