Bowen Sr. testifies he took $1,300 from ex-Louisville assistant

Brian Bowen Sr. testified in court Tuesday that he received $1,300 from former Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson during the recruitment process of his son, Brian Bowen II.Text messages revealed in court show Bowen Sr. and Johnson had planned to meet up in August 2017. Bowen Sr. asked Johnson if he wanted to “get together to square up.” Johnson replied, “OK, call you later on.”Bowen Sr. said Johnson came to this residence, and the $1,300 was exchanged.The development is the latest in the trial regarding the recruitment of Bowen II. Bowen Sr. is accused of accepting $100,000 from Adidas to send his son to Louisville. The younger Bowen was ruled ineligible by Louisville in October after the scandal broke and later briefly transferred to South Carolina before deciding to enter the NBA draft and being bypassed.According to Bowen Sr., the offer to attend Louisville was originally between $60,000 and $80,000. He previously testified it was increased to $100,000 because Adidas paid Billy Preston that amount to attend Kansas.Bowen Sr. said Tuesday that Johnson initially was shocked at the request to give money and refused to do it. It was during their second meeting that he said the exchange was made.”He made it pretty clear this was a one-time deal for him,” Bowen Sr. said.Former runner Christian Dawkins — who worked for an agent — is a defendant in the current case and charged with felony wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Dawkins was said to have facilitated the meeting between Bowen Sr. and Johnson.

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