Dawkins, Code convicted in college hoops corruption trial

Two defendants in college basketball’s corruption trial were found guilty Wednesday on bribery-related charges.Christian Dawkins, an aspiring sports agent/business manager, was convicted on two charges — bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. He had faced six separate charges. Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, was found guilty on one of four charges — bribery conspiracy.The verdict came after a two-week federal trial in New York City that involved alleged payoffs to prominent players and coaches in order to steer prospects to certain financial advisors and handlers. Jury deliberations lasted three days.Sentencing will be handed down for Code and Dawkins at a later date by U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos.Dawkins took the stand and claimed he never paid a bribe.