Former Auburn Coach Chuck Person Indicted in NCAA Bribery Case

Chuck Person, center, exits the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan on Oct. 10,  2017 in New York City.

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Former Auburn University associate basketball coach Chuck Person was formally charged with taking bribes in return for steering players into clothing contracts and financial advisory deals once they left college.

The one-time National Basketball Association star was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Manhattan on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. He was accused along with Rashan Michel, owner of an apparel company in Atlanta and a former NBA and college referee. The two men are among 10 coaches, managers, financial advisers and representatives of sportswear companies charged in September by federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging probe into criminal influence in college basketball.

“Chuck Person did not commit a crime and we’re confident he will be vindicated at trial after a jury hears all the evidence," Theresa Trzaskoma, his attorney said in a statement. An attorney for Michel didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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