A meeting that former Kentucky standout Bam Adebayo allegedly had with an agent in 2015 is part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into college basketball, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Per the report from Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel, then 17-year-old Adebayo met with former ASM agent Stephen Pina and his mentor/guardian Eric Peartree at The Melting Pot restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The evidence of the meeting comes from expense reports and receipts viewed by Yahoo! Sports, but there is no evidence that Adebayo didn’t pay for his own meal in cash. There’s also no reason to believe Pina was steering Adebayo toward a specific school. Adebayo did not sign with Pina or ASM after he declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Per the report, Adebayo denied the meeting through his agent on Monday.
Few other details about the meeting were released, but the report indicates this alleged meeting is a symptom of a larger problem at hand for college athletics.
Two weeks ago, Adebayo’s former high school coach, Brandon Clifford, said he “never knew Bam to take a dime from anybody” and said UK coach John Calipari was “always on the up and up.”
“He’s a good kid who wants to do things the right way,” Clifford told SEC Country. “When you have these big-time athletes, there’s often other people involved around them. I know Bam wasn’t running around setting up meetings with agents. I don’t know what all happened, but I know the kid and he always wants to do the right thing.”
Adebayo was selected No. 14 overall in last year’s NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. He’s having a good rookie season, averaging 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.