Former Adidas executive, Jim Gatto, was sentenced to 9 months in prison, following his convictions on wire fraud and conspiracy. Sentenced to six months for their role in the basketball scheme to sign players to schools that Adidas sponsored were Merl Code (former Adidas consultant) and Christian Dawkins (an aspiring sports agent).
The scheme that the three concocted was to funnel cash from Adidas to the parents of talented basketball players in order to get them to choose Adidas-sponsored schools. The father of one of the players testified in the case about the tens of thousands he was promised if his son signed at the University of Louisville. The father also testified that his son knew nothing about the payments. Nonetheless, his son was banned from MCAA sports, the NBA did not want to go anywhere near the scandal, and his son now plays overseas. Somehow the adults did not act in the best interests of the young people.