Kansas to sideline De Sousa pending review

Kansas head coach Bill Self will sideline sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa while claims that surfaced during the trial focused on the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball are further evaluated.

A defense attorney for an Adidas executive said during the trial her client paid $20,000 to recruit De Sousa.

“Information was presented during the current trial in New York — some of which we knew, some which we didn’t,” Self said Wednesday in a statement released by Kansas. “We have decided to withhold Silvio from competition until we can evaluate and understand the new information.”

Claim of payments

Ex-Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola explained during the trial how he paid associates of De Sousa, among other players. During cross-examination, Gassnola claimed Kansas coaches knew nothing about his payments to De Sousa’s guardian, Fenny Falmagne.

Text messages shown between Gassnola, Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend were presented to prove the coaches may have known about the payments.

Gassnola also testified that he paid the family of former Kansas player Billy Preston $89,000, though he said Self did not know of the payment.

De Sousa played in 20 games last year, averaging 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game off the bench.

Kansas will play an exhibition against Division II Emporia State on Thursday.

–Field Level Media

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