USC assistant arrested on bribery charge hires El Chapo and John Gotti Jr.'s lawyer
Trojans assistant Tony Bland's lawyer has represented some pretty notorious clients
USC assistant coach Tony Bland, who was placed on administrative leave after being charged in a that rocked the college basketball world last week, has retained the services of New York attorney Jeffrey Lichtman — the same attorney who defended John Gotti Jr. and represents El Chapo, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Bland, who has served on Andy Enfield's staff since 2013 and was elevated to associate head coach for the 2014-15 season, is accused of accepting a $13,000 bribe in exchange for steering USC players to former agent Christian Dawkins and financial adviser Munish Sood. He's also been charged with providing $9,000 cash payments to the families of two current USC players. On Monday, however, no Trojan players were held out of basketball practice.
"This whole thing has been absolutely devastating to his family," Lichtman told the Times, adding that they have no intent on challenging USC's decision of placing him on administrative leave. "At this time, we're focused on his defense and his family. That's more than he can handle."
Bland was released on a $100,000 bond shortly after his arrest last Tuesday during a recruiting trip in Florida. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Oct. 10 in New York.
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