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Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen caught in college basketball scandal


According to an article from Bloomberg, Boston Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen is caught up in a scandal from his time as the University of Pennsylvania head coach.

The article states that Allen is alleged to have taken bribes from Philip Esformes, a Florida businessman, to help his son, Morris, gain admission into the Ivy League school. Esformes allegedly gave Allen more than $74,000 in cash, flights on a private jet and a trip to Miami.

To this point, Allen has refrained from commenting on the allegations. The University of Pennsylvania and the Celtics have both declined to comment.

Allen was a standout player at Penn from 1991 to 1995, winning Ivy League Player of the Year twice. He then played parts of two seasons in the NBA after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft. Allen played for Minnesota, the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, before embarking on a decade plus career overseas.

Allen returned to his alma mater in 2009 as an assistant coach and was eventually elevated to the head job in late 2009. He served as the head coach until he resigned following the 2014-15 season. The Celtics then hired Allen in July of 2015 to join Brad Stevens’ staff.

A guard during his playing days, Allen can often be seen working with Boston’s guards pregame. This includes on-court work and film review on the sidelines.

Esformes is being charged in a fraud case that alleges he filed over $1 billion in false health care claims. The bribery accusation involving Allen were included last week as part of an expanded indictment. Esformes has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial while in custody.

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