FBI summoning Nike employees in their college basketball corruption investigation

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Some Nike employees have been subpoenaed in connection to the college basketball bribery scandal.Vaughn Ridley/GettyAs the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests of 10 people involved in a widespread college basketball bribery scandal on Tuesday, investigators warned that the probe could grow as it dug down into the "dark underbelly" of college basketball.

The FBI has summoned Nike employees to be interviewed in their ongoing investigation because of their connection with former co-worker Merl Code, who now works for Adidas, and was arrested on Tuesday.

Messages made to Nike on Thursday morning by USA TODAY Sports were not immediately returned.

In a formal complaint released Tuesday before a press conference in NY, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges Gatto, Adidas employee Merl Code, former agent Christian Dawkins and financial adviser Munish Sood aligned to pay $100,000 to the family of a highly touted recruit.

The subpoena news was first reported by Forbes contributor and attorney Darren Heitner.

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While Nike doesn't have a direct connection to the case, three of the four assistant coaches who were alleged to have been paid to bring players to an agent and a financial advisor are from Nike schools - Tony Bland of Southern California, Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State and Emmanuel Richardson of Arizona.

Jim Gatto, the director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas, was also among the defendants.

Yesterday afternoon the University of Louisville, and Adidas sponsored school, put Rick Pitino on leave amid the allegations, as well as the school's athletic director, Tom Jurich.

ESPN noted that another coach potentially involved in the scheme is Auburn's Chuck Person, from a program sponsored by Under Armour, which is not believed to be involved in said matters. Sources say Under Armour is not involved with the investigation at this time. Furthermore, Brian Bowen, who allegedly received $100,000 to sign with the Louisville Cardinals, has been suspended indefinitely.

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