Report: LSU's Will Wade to be subpoenaed in federal hoops corruption trial
Things are going great for Will Wade’s LSU program on the court as the Tigers are currently tied atop the SEC standings after beating both Kentucky and Tennessee in recent games, giving the team from Baton Rouge the tiebreaker in the standings.
However, while things are going right on the court, it appears things could be going sideways for Wade off the court.
According to Yahoo! Sports, citing multiple sources, Wade will soon be subpoenaed for the April 22 federal basketball corruption trial following the FBI’s wide-ranging investigation into college basketball. Wade isn’t alone, as Arizona coach Sean Miller will also be subpoenaed, according to Yahoo! Sports. According to Yahoo, the FBI has audio of both coaches in conversations with Christian Dawkins, a former agent who has since been implicated in paying players.
This particular exchange from the audio recordings leaves Wade having to answer for some tough questions regarding what he was referring to when speaking with Dawkins.
“Would you want Balsa?” Dawkins asked.
“Oh, the big kid?” Wade responded.
“OK, but there is other [expletive] involved in it,” Wade said. “Wait, I’ve got to shut the door … I can get you what you need, but it’s got to work.”
Wade has since publicly denied he has done any business with Dawkins.
It will be interesting to see how this saga plays out but it shouldn’t affect LSU’s run this season unless more information is released between now and the start of the April trial. During Wade’s weekly press conference on Monday, he denied knowledge of any subpoena, noting his complete focus was on his current team and their run at the SEC regular season championship.