NEW YORK — Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola, a cooperating witness for the government in the college basketbal corruption trial, gave specificsThursday about the illicit money deals he made to multiple families of current and former college basketball players.
In significantly revealing testimony on the 26th floor of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse, Gassnola testified he made two payments to the family of former NC State star Dennis Smith Jr., who is now with the Dallas Mavericks. Gassnola’s first payment was when Smith was a junior in high school. The second in 2015 when — and this will be of particular interest to the NCAA — Gassnola delivered $40,000 in cash to then-NC State assistant Orlando Early at Early’s house. Early said he would then give it to Smith’s trainer.
Gassnola also testified that he paid $15,000 to a family friend of Deandre Ayton that was to be given