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Former U of L recruit sues Adidas

The complaint argues the company robbed Brian Bowen of control over his education and career.
Credit: USA Today Sports
3/29/2017; McDonalds All-American West forward Brian Bowen II (20) drives to the basket against East forward Lonnie Walker IV (14) during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Brian Bowen, the former U of L recruit named in the pay-for-play scheme last year, is suing Adidas over the corruption scandal. He is seeking unspecified damages, but he also wants to stop Adidas for sponsoring men’s basketball programs.

The complaint argues the company robbed Bowen of control over his education and career.

Bowen was prevented from playing basketball at U of L after allegations his family was paid $100,000 to have him sign there. His father admitted to accepting those payments but said his son knew nothing about them.

The case ultimately led to the firing of head coach Rick Pitino, and three other men have been found guilty for their roles in the scheme.

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