Before the scandal of scandals in college admissions broke this past March, there was another scandal we reported on — this one at the University of Pennsylvania. A former all-time great UPenn basketball player and coach, Jerome Allen, accepted a bribe in exchange for helping a student earn admission to Wharton. The student was flagged by Allen as a basketball recruit but, as it turns out, the student had no business being flagged as a basketball recruit. He simply wasn’t good enough to play D1 ball. The case, in recent months, has of course been largely overshadowed by the salacious college admissions scandal involving celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. But the Allen case was rather salacious as well and it too involved the bribery of an athletic coach. So what exactly has become of Jerome Allen?
Well, Allen remains an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics — the same position he held before news of the scandal broke. But this week, Allen was sentenced to four years probation (six months of which will be spent under house arrest) for accepting bribes. As reports Bianca Serbin for The Daily Pennsylvanian in a piece entitled “Former Penn coach Jerome Allen avoids jail time in admissions bribery scandal,” “U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams also sentenced Allen to 600 hours of community service and a fine of $202,000 in addition to an $18,000 forfeiture judgment to the U.S. government, according to the [Miami] Herald.”
So it seems that Jerome Allen will need to be assisting Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens from his home — at least early on this next NBA season with Kemba Walker taking over point guard duties from Kyrie Irving. Unless of course Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge decides Allen should no longer be representing the historic organization in light of his actions while head coach at UPenn. Only time will tell…
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