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July 20, 2018

Celtics assistant Jerome Allen reportedly took bribes while he was head coach at Penn

The payments allegedly exceeded $74,000 in cash, as well as a recruiting trip to Miami and rides on private jets

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Jerome Allen, who played basketball at Penn from 1992 to 1995 and coached the Quakers from 2009 to 2015, allegedly took bribes as coach, but he is not charged with a crime.

Former Penn basketball coach and current Boston Celtics assistant Jerome Allen allegedly accepted bribes to help a businessman’s son gain admission to Penn, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Allen, who played at Penn from 1992 to 1995 and coached the Quakers from 2009 to 2015, is not charged with a crime and was not named specifically in an indictment filed against the businessman, Philip Esformes. But Bloomberg reports a person familiar with the matter identifies Allen as one of the coaches referenced in the filing.

The coach in question was allegedly paid to designate Esformes’s son, Morris, as a “recruited basketball player” in order to increase his chance of admission to the school. According to Bloomberg, the school’s athletics website doesn’t list Esformes as a player for the Penn varsity team under Allen’s successor, Steve Donahue. He’s also not listed in the Quakers database of letter-winners.

The payments allegedly exceeded $74,000 in cash, as well as a recruiting trip to Miami and rides on private jets.

Esformes’s son, Bloomberg says, is currently a senior at Penn.

You can read the full report here.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.


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