John Calipari reacts to Kentucky players being mentioned in corruption report

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - John Calipari reacted to ESPN's report that two Kentucky players were mentioned in the FBI's college hoops corruption documents.

"Well, the best thing about coaching here is you coach basketball. What you're talking about, our administration and compliance are so thorough – doubly thorough – that I trust everything is fine," John Calipari said Thursday at a media availability. "They get parents involved. I mean, they go to a point where it's uncomfortable for me. 'You shouldn't have to be doing this.' But then you say, 'I'm glad you guys do that.'"

ESPN originally issued the report late Wednesday night.

The report says that in a five-page document obtained by ESPN's Outside The Lines, aspiring agent Christian Dawkins issued a business plan that was emailed to his business partners which included the names of former Kentucky Wildcat Jarred Vanderbilt and current Wildcat Ashton Hagans.

ESPN's report says "Dawkins planned to give Vanderbilt's family $30,000 in travel expenses to watch him play for the Wildcats last season, plus his father was going to get a $25,000 signing bonus when his son turned pro."

Dawkins allegedly proposed giving Vanderbilt a $100,000 line of credit and $25,000 advance on his marketing revenue if he was a projected lottery pick at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Vanderbilt only suited up for the Wildcats in 14 games due to a foot injury and ended up being selected in the 2nd round of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

ESPN also said that Dawkins planned to recruit Ashton Hagans. According to the report, Dawkins allegedly wanted to pay Hagans $2,000 per month for one year from October 2017 thru October 2018, then $3,000 per month until April 2020.

While Vanderbilt and Hagans were mentioned in this report, it is important to note that there is no proof Vanderbilt or Hagans accepted this plan.

There is also no proof that Dawkins communicated with Vanderbilt or Hagans.



 
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