The opening statements in the second trial regarding the NCAA’s college basketball corruption scandal began on Tuesday and the Penn State football program found its way into the spotlight.
According to Louis Martin Blazer, a witness for the federal government, he offered former All-American defensive end and 2009 first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin $10,000 at the behest of a Penn State assistant coach in order to return to school. He also testified that the former assistant coach had a son who played in the NFL.
Matt Norlander, a senior writer for CBS Sports was the first to report the allegations on Tuesday afternoon.
Blazer testified that — at the encouragement of an unnamed Penn State assistant — he paid $10,000 by check to the father of then-Penn State player Aaron Maybin to convince him to stay in school.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 23, 2019
While the family accepted the payment, Maybin opted to stay in the draft and was selected 11th by the Buffalo Bills. Martin Blazer also testified that the loan was later paid back by Maybin’s father. As a rookie, Maybin signed a 5-year contract that was worth up to $25 million.
This story will be updated as more information is available.