Emanuel 'Book' Richardson Sentenced to Three Months in the Slammer

Emanuel 'Book' Richardson Sentenced to Three Months in the Slammer

Emanuel 'Book' Richardson Sentenced to Three Months in the Slammer

Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson was sentenced to prison Thursday for his role in the federal college basketball fraud scandal.

Richardson, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of federal funds bribery in January, admitting to accepting $20,000 in bribes from Christian Dawkins, an aspiring sports agent who hoped to get involved with National Basketball Association prospects.

The 46-year-old Richardson and three other assistant basketball coaches at major programs were charged in 2017 with abusing the trust of NBA-bound players by accepting bribes to steer them to favored managers and financial advisers.

Richardson was captured on an array of Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps and surveillance videos accepting money from Dawkins and speaking about how he could direct players to Dawkins. Wiretaps played during the trial had Richardson making claims that current head coach Sean Miller had discussed making payments to former Wildcats star Deandre Ayton in order to gain his commitment to the school. Miller has denied any wrongdoing.

A letter to the court from the University of Arizona said Richardson's conduct had damaged the school's reputation.

"Instead of prioritizing his student-athletes' best interests, Richardson sought to profit from them, treating the student-athletes that he coached as assets that he could control for his own benefit", prosecutors said in court papers seeking up to two years in prison for Richardson. "I think that merits some leniency".

The news comes a day after former USC assistant coach Tony Bland was sentenced to the same amount of probation time with no prison. Former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans will receive sentencing Friday while former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person's sentencing is expected later this year.

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