Boston Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to accepting an $18,000 bribe in 2014, according to multiple reports.
Jerome Allen, the assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, pleaded guilty to laundering money in an effort to help his son get into the University of Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/ufHglAInLf
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Allen’s plea agreement with the government requires Allen to repay the $18,000 in addition to a $200,000 fine.
Allen, who joined the Boston staff in 2015, will remain on the staff but will likely face a suspension, according to multiple reports.
Allen was the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania and accepted the $18,000 bribe from the father of a prospective student “for the purpose of using my position as coach to help his son get admitted to the school as a ‘listed’ recruit,” Allen said in a statement. “
Celtics coach Brad Stevens with words of support for the way assistant coach Jerome Allen has owned his legal situation. pic.twitter.com/nmtSSkWmod
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“I am heartbroken that my players — current and former — will know that I broke the law. But, I do hope that some good may come out of this. I wish to model to my young players how one accepts responsibility for wrongdoing, including the consequences that come from unlawful behavior.”