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Federal Wiretap Proves Ayton Was Paid $10,000 A Month By Arizona Wildcats Head Coach: VIDEO




Yesterday, news broke that DeAndre Ayton (now starting Center for the Phoenix Suns, commanding a salary over $8 million a year) was receiving $10,000 a month while enrolled at the University of Arizona from Head Coach Sean Miller. At first, people thought there might be an uproar. But in fact, being desensitized to this type of news over the years has conditioned some people to expect some sort of backend arrangement with all the top players. The problem here is that everything was caught on a phone recording intercepted by a Federal wiretap.

In an ongoing investigation about college recruiting practices, possible payoffs, and overall corruption, Wednesday seemed to be the precipice. In court, Federal prosecutors played the tapes for the jury. On the recording, the jury could hear a conversation between former University of Arizona assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson and agent Christian Dawkins. USA Today reported the following brief summary, highlighting aspects of the call:

While talking about Ayton, Richardson to Dawkins: “Sean’s got to get the (expletive) out of the way and let us work.”

Dawkins:“We’ll see how Sean plays it out.”

Richardson: “You know what he bought per month?” 

Dawkins: “What he do?” 

Richardson:“I told you — 10 (thousand).” 

Dawkins“He’s putting up some real money for them (expletives). He told me he’s getting killed.”

Richardson“But that’s his fault.”

In addition, ESPN reported highlights from another note on the call, explaining that in order to help usher in talent into the sports management company owned by Dawkins, Dawkins was poised to offer a monthly payment to Richardson, which was discussed on the phone.

“You already know Sean is taking care of Rawle [Alkins] and them,” Dawkins said.

Arizona released a statement saying the school “takes the information presented in court today very seriously.”

“[Arizona] remains committed to the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct which includes competing within the rules of the NCAA and PAC-12 Conference. We will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA and with other ongoing investigations into this matter in the best interest of the University and the men’s basketball program,” the school said.

Also Wednesday, Dawkins was called to testify and said he didn’t see anything wrong with paying college athletes.

“They are the only kids in college who can’t get paid legally,” Dawkins said. “There is a need for them to get paid. … I don’t think anything that’s been discussed in either case is a crime.”

Dawkins testified that he believed his company was already getting Alkins as a client and that Ayton was already being paid through other parties.

“Deandre Ayton is going to get way more than 5,000,” Dawkins said. “That’s not even in the ballpark of what he’s going to get.”

When reacting to the news of the $10,000 a month payment to Ayton, Jalen Rose reacted in the video below, saying,

“Is that all?!”

Watch the rest of his comments unfold as he discusses current public opinion in this day and age.

ESPN goes on to describe the trial in more detail. You can read their in depth account here.

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Raptors Blow Out Bucks to Even Eastern Conference Finals




While the Western Conference Finals did not live up to its billing, as the Trail Blazers were swept in four games, the Eastern Conference Finals has become as compelling of a series as we have had all postseason.

In the first two games of the series, the Milwaukee Bucks narrowly won Game 1 before they blew out the Toronto Raptors in Game 2. Then the series shifted to Toronto, where the Raptors have replicated that exact same formula to take both Game 3 and Game 4.

Tonight it was a blowout for the Raptors, as they played maybe their best team game of the playoffs to beat the Bucks by 18 points.

The Raptors needed their role players to step up, after Kawhi Leonard suffered a leg injury in Game 3 and was playing Game 4 hobbled.

Toronto ended up getting a great performance out of Kyle Lowry, as he recorded six assists, five rebounds and a team-high 25 points.

The Raptors will need all of their players to continue to making these contributions, as no team has won a game on the road in this series and two of the last three games will be played in Milwaukee if the series goes seven games.

Meanwhile as these two teams battle it out, the Golden State Warriors have already punched their ticket to the NBA Finals and are left to rest and wait to see who they will face.

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Golden State Warriors Win Western Conference For Fifth-Straight Year




The Golden State Warriors reign over the Western Conference continues, as they are heading to the NBA Finals for the fifth-straight year.

While the Warriors were challenged by the Houston Rockets in the second round, the Portland Trail Blazers proved to be no match for Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

Portland did carry a lead into the second half in each of their last three games, but they just could not find a way to close out a game.

Tonight the Warriors rallied from down 17 points to beat the Trail Blazers in overtime. Steph Curry once again led his team offensively, scoring a game-high 37 points.

With 11 assists and 13 rebounds, Curry put up a triple double in his outstanding closeout performance.

Curry was not the only Warrior to accomplish that feat though, as Draymond Green had a triple double of his own.

By advancing to their fifth-straight NBA Finals, the Warriors have truly cemented their legacy as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.

Since they took care of business in four games, the Warriors can now sit back and wait to see who they will be playing in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors can use the rest, as they hope to get both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins to return from injury.

Whether they return to the lineup or not, the Warriors will prove to be a formidable opponent to whoever comes out of the Eastern Conference.

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Bucks Completely Dismantle Raptors in Game 2




The Milwaukee Bucks are really starting to look like a champion, as they have been dominating everything in their path so far in the playoffs.

After a tightly contested Game 1 loss, the Raptors looked like no match for the Bucks tonight as they were losing by 25 points after the first half.

While the Raptors put up a better fight in the second half, they still were no match for Milwaukee as they cruised to the victory.

This win makes the Bucks 10-1 since the start of the playoffs. Considering the fact that Milwaukee also had the best record in the NBA this season, their playoff dominance should not come as such a surprise.

The Raptors will need to change up their game plan in Game 3 on Sunday, if they want any chance to get back in this series.

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