Witness grilled over texts to Kansas college hoops coach

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a former Adidas executive on trial in New York City have zeroed in on texts sent by a college basketball recruiting fixer and the head coach at Kansas.

The jury on Monday was shown texts sent by government witness Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola last year to Coach Bill Self. In one of them, Gassnola indicated he was in touch with the guardian of Kansas recruit Silvio De Sousa.

Lawyers for ex-Adidas executive Jim Gatto have sought to use the texts to show that various basketball programs were aware of efforts to funnel secret payments to the families of De Sousa and other top-flight recruits.

Gassnola has admitted he helped broker the payments in violation of NCAA rules. But he said he kept coaches in the dark.

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