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ESPN: Dawkins emails reveal plan to pay UK players

NEW YORK (WDKY) - Two University of Kentucky basketball players are named in an email released as part of evidence in a federal pay-for-play trial.

According to documents obtained by ESPN, 19 prospective players who were either in college or high school were listed in an email from Christian Dawkins to his business partner in 2017.

Dawkins was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud following federal criminal trials last month. Also convicted on the same charges were Adidas executive James Gatto and ex-Adidas consultant Merl Code.

One of the players mentioned in Dawkins' email was then-UK freshman Jarred Vanderbilt.

According to the email, Dawkins intended to cover $30,000 in travel expenses for Vanderbilt's family to see him play at Kentucky last season. Additionally, the email noted a $25,000 signing bonus for Vanderbilt's father when his son moved on to the professional ranks.

More from the ESPN article regarding Vanderbilt:

"Brother Jamal and dad will also be a part of the deal, and receive 25% of our income on all sides," Dawkins wrote.

Dawkins proposed giving Vanderbilt a $100,000 line of credit and $25,000 advance on his marketing revenue if he was projected as a lottery pick at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Dawkins also wanted to recruit Ashton Hagans who is currently a UK freshman. ESPN's report states Dawkins had a plan to pay Hagans $2,000 per month from last October to this October and then bump that up to $3,000 monthly through April of 2020.

It's not clear if any money was given to either player or their families.

The full ESPN article can be read here.

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