Social media reacts to reported FBI wiretaps of Arizona’s Sean Miller
Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller is under fire after a report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach revealed that he had conversations regarding potential payments to secure a commitment from freshman Deandre Ayton.
According to Schlabach’s sources, the conversations were heard between Miller and Christian Dawkins, the key figure in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption.
The wiretaps revealed that Miller had directed Dawkins to facilitate any agreements involving money for Ayton with Emanuel “Book” Richardson, who was an assistant under Miller at the time and was arrested in September as part of the investigation.
The news of Miller’s involvement comes just one day after junior guard Allonzo Trier was ruled ineligible by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance.
With the Arizona basketball program at center stage for all of the wrong reasons, those who feel closer to the situation reacted to the news on Twitter.
But Book got the cuffs…
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) February 24, 2018
@APlayersProgram BearDown it’s time to clean house and bring home our own bloodlines to carry on Lutes Legacy. We have too much pride, too much tradition to allow outsiders to tear down what we built.
— Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) February 24, 2018
But we covered pic.twitter.com/hsTIAUc2D9
— Tom Tolbert (@byronjr23) February 24, 2018
If NCAA paid players …..
— Mustafa Shakur (@StafShakur) February 24, 2018
Imagine how he’s sweating now https://t.co/ndMo16Q5us
— Matt Scott (@KUTheShiver) February 24, 2018
Lol don’t want to be involved with that 🤐🤐🤐🤐✌🏽
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
— Mark RareForm Lyons (@OnlyMoog) February 24, 2018
Of course, other experts and fans of college basketball weighed in on the situation as well.
If Sean Miller is found to have violated NCAA rules, not only would he lose his job, but, per his contract, he’d have to pay Arizona up to $300,000 in damages related to the case.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 24, 2018
Shoot. I hope this doesn't mean UA will have to take down all of Miller's Final 4 banners https://t.co/mjCAWBvGog
— Jarrett Carlen (@JarrettGC) February 24, 2018
When I woke up & saw Arizona wasn’t a part of that scandal and then I saw the Sean Miller news pic.twitter.com/KikC9GjgWw
— ML (@TheLawson_1) February 24, 2018
FBI pulling up on Arizona's basketball program like pic.twitter.com/BqwR4E4INd
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) February 24, 2018