Monday, April 11, 2011

Player Who Torched Kentucky Arrested for Point-Shaving


Remember Kentucky's embarrassing 81-72 loss to San Diego on December 29, 2007?

In that loss, which was one of many bad losses during the Billy Gillispie era in Lexington, a player named Brandon Johnson blew up for what was then a career-high 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

Johnson would go on to become the Toreros all-time leading scorer and assist man. He finished his college career with 1,790 points and 525 assists.

Today, it was announced that Johnson, another ex-player and a former assistant were among those indicted in an alleged point-shaving scandal.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

A former University of San Diego assistant basketball coach and two former players, including the school's all-time leader in scoring and assists, are among 10 people indicted in an alleged conspiracy to affect the outcome of games, federal authorities revealed Monday.

A federal grand jury handed up the indictments on April 8 against former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown, 32, of El Cajon, Calif., who coached at USD during the 2006-07 season, and former players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy.

The indictment alleges that Johnson took a bribe to influence the result of a game in February 2010 and solicited someone else in January 2011 to affect the outcome of USD basketball games.

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