Just as it was noted this weekend that former Georgia coach Jim Donnan was involved in a bizarre Ponzi scheme, there’s another bit of news today that undoubtedly begs the question, “Have people lost their bloody minds?”
A former Toledo running back by the name of Harvey McDougle Jr. has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to influence sports through bribery after he accepted $5,000 in 2004 and ’05 from a Detroit gambler accused of placing bets on football and basketball games, the Associated Press writes today.
According to the report, McDougle Jr. received the cash in exchange for information about his own team. However, there hasn’t been significant evidence to suggest that McDougle Jr. modified his own game in any way to fit any betting outcomes.
“I needed the cash and the groceries at the time. It was a bad mistake,” McDougle told a District Judge. He is expected to be sentenced to six months in custody when he officially returns to court in September.
Strangely enough, McDougle isn’t the only ex-Toledo player to have been involved in the point-shaving scandal. Fellow ex-football player Adam Cuomo and ex-basketball player Sammy Villegas pleaded not guilty to similar charges. Former Toledo football player Quinton Broussard is expected to plead guilty in August.