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Brian Bowen, Basketball Recruit, Cleared by FBI in Bribery Probe

Brian Bowen, Basketball Recruit, Cleared by FBI in Bribery Probe
McDonald's All-American West small forward Brian "Tugs" Bowen II (20) smiles during the McDonald's All-American Powerade Jam Fest on March 27, 2017, at the Keating Sports Center in Chicago. (Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 03 November 2017 05:15 PM

Brian Bown, a freshman basketball player at the University of Louisville was cleared by the FBI in a bribery scandal that led to the firing of two coaches.

The bureau was investigating allegations that Bowen had been paid $100,000 by Adidas to commit to Louisville in June and found that recorded telephone calls implicated Bowen's father, several coaches, and Adidas representatives, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

After Louisville completes its own investigation, Bowen could be reinstated as a player if nothing further is found. The FBI allowed Bowen to remain enrolled at Louisville during the investigation, but suspended him from playing basketball in October, the Courier-Journal reported.

Head basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired as a result of the scandal, ESPN reported. Assistant coach Jordan Fair was also fired, and assistant coach Kenny Johnson was put on paid administrative leave.

Bowen was rated as a five-star forward during the recruitment process and was considered the No. 2 prospect in Indiana and No. 19 nationally, 247 Sports reported.

"Brian has not done anything wrong," Bowen's attorney Jason Setchen told ESPN. "We're really confident Louisville is going to be fair and give Brian every opportunity to present his case. With that being said, we're also confident he'll become eligible.

"Brian was not aware of any of the alleged activities," Setchen told the Courier-Journal, "and it is our position that he has not violated any NCAA rules or bylaws."

"I believe the university will give Brian a fair opportunity," Setchen said to the Courier-Journal.

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