KU mentioned in new federal lawsuit is filed against Adidas



November 20, 2018 - 11:28 AM

A federal racketeering lawsuit filed Monday morning on behalf of basketball player Brian Bowen II has the potential to affect Kansas Athletics and other Adidas schools.

The suit filed by the McLeod Law Group — representing Bowen — seeks, in part, unspecified monetary damages from Adidas and associates (including Jim Gatto and T.J. Gassnola) and also to ban the shoe company from having any involvement in NCAA basketball.

Monday’s filing by Bowen’s attorneys, which was submitted in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina, includes a section titled, “Racketeering activity involving the University of Kansas.” There, Bowen’s attorneys argue that both Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend were “aware of a bribe payment made to the legal guardian of Kansas recruit Silvio De Sousa by Adidas and communicated with Defendants Gatto and Gassnola about it.”

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