Boston Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty to accepting an $18,000 bribe from a player’s parent in 2014 when he was head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Allen, who joined the Celtics in 2015, will re-pay the bribe in addition to a $200,000 fine. Per multiple reports, he is expected to serve a suspension from the Celtics, but he will remain on staff.
Allen said in a statement he took the bribe to help the father of a prospective student get into Penn as a “listed” recruit.
“I failed on many levels,” Allen said in his statement. “Primarily, I had a failure of character. I did not live up to the high standards I set for myself, or were expected of me in the position that I held.
“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.”
Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald he appreciated that Allen took responsibility.
“It was disappointing to hear that Jerome got himself involved in this, but it’s good that he took responsibility,” Ainge told Steve Bulpett. “Right away, from the very beginning, he took responsibility, and I like people that do that.”
This happened well before he was a Celtic, and he’s an important member of our staff. He’s been a good role model to a lot of our young players. It’s a big mistake that he made, but, again, I like the fact that he took responsibility and he owned up to his mistakes and wants to move forward.”