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Former College Head Coach Accused Of Taking Bribe To Recruit Player

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: A general view of TD Garden during Game Seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards on May 15, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Jerome Allen is currently an assistant for the Boston Celtics, a position he's held since 2015. Before that, he spent six years as the head coach at his alma mater, Penn.

Allen is being accused of taking a bribe from a Miami businessman. In return, he recruited his son to the Quakers, in order to help him enroll at the Ivy League university.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Phillip Esformes paid Allen upwards of $74,000 in total. In return, his son Morris Esformes was recruited, and eventually signed with the Quakers.

Per the report, Esformes "wouldn’t have been designated as a recruited basketball player" if not for the payments. He was unranked by recruiting websites, though did receive write-ups from a few websites following his "commitment" to the program.

From the article on the alleged bribe of former Penn coach Jerome Allen:

"The courtship began on May 31, 2013, when Esformes paid for the coach to fly from Philadelphia to Miami. Esformes provided a limousine to take him to the Fontainebleau Hotel. The businessman rented the basketball court at the JW Marriott Marquis so that the coach could watch his son play the next day. The coach then visited Esformes the following day before flying back to Philadelphia. The trip cost $2,009, according to the indictment.

More than a year later, on July 3, 2014, Esformes wired $15,000 to the coach, sending it from an account in the name of a nursing home administrator. On Oct. 6, 2014, he wired another $20,000, followed by $18,000 on Dec. 1, 2014, according to prosecutors.

In March 2015, Esformes, his son and the coach flew on a private jet from Philadelphia to Miami, at a cost of $19,550. In all, Esformes spent $74,558 for the coach’s benefit, prosecutors said."

Allen was fired by Penn after the 2015 season, before Esformes enrolled. He never appeared on a Penn roster for any of the teams led by Steve Donahue. It does sound like he wound up enrolling at Penn, though.

Allen was fired after posting a 65-104 record over three seasons. He has been with the Celtics since. The various parties involved, including the Celtics and Quakers, and Allen himself, declined to comment for the story.

[Bloomberg]