While continuing to play professional basketball, former five-star recruit Brian Bowen has been suing Adidas for their role in the recruiting scandal that ultimately upended his life.
Unfortunately, the latest ruling on his case has just dealt a massive blow to any hopes he might have had at recompense. On Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed his lawsuit against Adidas.
Per Jason Riley of WDRB, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Anderson ruled that while Bowen’s life was certainly “upended,” he did not demonstrate that Adidas was involved in any organized plot against him.
“Zeal alone cannot cure the deficiencies in (Bowen’s) RICO claims,” Judge Anderson ruled.
The judge said Bowen was a "small spoke in a much larger wheel" of the broad recruitment scandal facing college basketball. And while his life was "upended," he can't prove that Adidas was involved in an organized plot (RICO). The shoe company claimed it was a "few employees" pic.twitter.com/P2dOqeFFek
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) May 26, 2021
Brian Bowen enrolled at the University of Louisville in 2017. At the time, his father had allegedly been promised a whopping $100,000 for him to join the Cardinals.
But the college basketball corruption scandal soon followed, and Bowen never played a game for Louisville. Bowen instead chose to go pro in 2018, playing in Australia for the Sydney Kings before joining the Indiana Pacers in 2019. He spent the last two seasons playing for Indiana’s G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
In the meantime though, Bowen was taking Adidas to court, seeking monetary damages and asking that Adidas be banned from D-I college basketball programs.
By the looks of things Bowen won’t be getting what he wants out of the U.S. court system now, or maybe ever.