Federal Bureau of Investigation recordings catch former Arizona assistant claiming Sean Miller paid Deandre Ayton

Ross Houston
May 4, 2019

Dawkins: "He's putting up some real money for them (expletive)".

Also on the calls, the two discussed that Richardson did not need to use any of the $20,000 that Dawkins' company was going to give him to pay Wildcat player Rawle Alkins because Miller was allegedly handling him.

While being questioned by Mark Moore, one of co-defendant Merl Code's attorneys, Dawkins said he had a "pretty good" relationship with Miller.

"Sean's taking care of Rawle and them", Dawkins reportedly said.

The timeline of the initial February 2018 ESPN report, which alleged that Miller was on FBI-wiretapped phone calls with Dawkins discussing a $100,000 payment for Ayton, came under question by multiple media outlets previous year and Miller denied any involvement in the alleged situation. Ayton later became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. "So it no expenses to Rawle".

Miller has denied that he's ever "knowingly violated NCAA rules" while the coach at Arizona.

At one point, Boone asked Dawkins if he'd paid moms, dads, brothers and second cousins while recruiting high school and college players as clients.

Asked specifically about an alleged $2,500 bribe made on behalf of an NBA agent to then-University of SC assistant coach Lamont Evans, Dawkins told the jury that the money instead was meant to cover the expenses of the family of basketball player P.J. Dozier, a top recruit at the time. "Any reporting to the contrary is inaccurate, false and defamatory". That's when Miller came up.

"On this call, there is a discussion of Sean Miller paying players". Ayton never missed a game during his time at Arizona.

"Over the past several months, Mr. Ayton has voluntarily submitted to several interviews, by federal prosecutors and the FBI, but University and Pac-12 compliance official, by representatives of the NCAA, and by Steptoe and Johnson, the independent firm engaged by the University to review these matters".

"Let me be very, very clear", Miller said.

Under oath here on Thursday morning, Christian Dawkins testified that Miller was paying players.

Amid the seven wiretaps played in court during the college basketball bribery trial, there were multiple inferences of Miller himself personally paying Ayton.

Cooperating witness Marty Blazer testified in this case that he believed Miller was involved in paying players, though Blazer provided no actual evidence through his testimony.

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