When it mattered most UConn's AJ Price was at his least. Now sources closing in on some revealing evidence claim that AJ Price was in fact paid to throw the big game. Price, a senior from Amityville NY, took the game into his own hands and came up empty. Some people are speculating that he was paid to perform poorly, including some of his own teammates. "He wasn't even looking to pass! He was double covered and I was wide open on more than one occassion!" said Junior Forward Stanley Robinson.
A better than 40% FG shooter over his career with the Huskies, Price wilted when the game was on the line. Brookline's own Jeff Adrien commented on Price's performance down the stretch, "I kept yelling at him PASS PASS PASS but he seemed possessed and I knew he'd keep on missing."
Over the final 1:11 Price missed two open layups and an uncontested 3-pointer while also racking up a meaningless foul. On the game Price was only 5 for 20, further fueling speculations that he was paid to flop. According to the Associated Press, there was $108 million worth of bets on this game and Price could have profited $1 million to $5 million.
Coach Jim Calhoun said after the game, "AJ didn't give us much of a chance tonight. I'm curious to see what they find."
This is not Price's first run-in with the law. In 2005 Price was arrested in connection with the theft of laptop computers at the university.
Investigators did not say whether Price stole the computers, but they said Price and two others had tried to sell them. Two were found in Price's room, police said.