The infamous Christian Dawkins, who was a prominent figure in the Rick Pitino scandal at Louisville, has remained in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. This time, it's due to his connection to Arizona Wildcats head coachSean Miller and former star DeAndre Ayton. A recorded conversation between Dawkins and FBI agents was shown in court as part of the ongoing NCAA corruption investigation, and what was heard on tape was alarming.
In federal court today, video showed Christian Dawkins saying at FBI-recorded meeting that Sean Miller told him, “I’m taking care of everything myself” related to payments made to DeAndre Ayton during his recruitment.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 24, 2019
Miller's comments clearly allege that cash payments were made directly DeAndre Ayton, who went on to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, in order to secure his commitment to Arizona. If Dawkins told federal agents the truth, Miller was not only aware of the illegal payments, but took the burden upon himself to carry them out.
Dawkins isn't a paragon of virtue, but for the record, lying to the FBI is a crime.
Defense attorney Steve Haney said in this morning’s hearing: “The evidence establishes very clearly that Sean Miller is paying players at Arizona.”— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 19, 2019
Afterward, Haney told reporters, “You’ll have to be here to hear the evidence.”
As if the tape was not enough, the connection with Dawkins, who has already been found guilty in October for conspiracy to commit fraud, puts Miller in a very difficult predicament. The new evidence could reopen an investigation into Miller, whose name has continually come up in the ongoing federal probe.
Dawkins is also recorded saying “it makes sense” to pay Book Richardson $4000 per month because they’ll have top-10 picks every year at Arizona.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 24, 2019
Former assistant Emmanuel Richardson already agreed to a deal with prosecutors regarding this case, further proof that Miller is not as innocent as he has tried to make us all believe.
Miller remains the Wildcats' head coach, but if more concerning evidence keeps coming to light, it will only be a matter of time before his employment in Tucson is no longer tenable.