When an NCAA probe resulted in four college basketball assistant coaches and the head of global sports marketing at Adidas being arrested and charged in a corruption and bribery scandal Tuesday, one of the 10 total people arrested was announced as Christian Dawkins, a former NBA agent.
If that name sounds familiar, that's because he was at the center of one of the weirdest stories you'll ever hear. He's a "former" NBA agent because he was fired for using an unnamed NBA player's credit card to rack up $42,000 worth of Uber rides.
Dawkins, who used to be a part of the "Management Team" of ASM Sports, was fired back in May of 2017, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, then of Yahoo's The Vertical.
Woj cited a National Basketball Players Association probe that revealed the unauthorized use of an unnamed NBA player's credit card. The report stated Dawkins racked up the $42,000 in charges between July 2015 and May 2016. According to the report, the NBA player wasn't even a client of ASM Sports, and the firm was exonerated of any fault.
The NBA probe suggested Dawkins used the player's Uber account for 1,865 rides. As SB Nation estimated, racking up $42,000 worth of Uber rides is kind of an incredible feat:
According to Uber’s “Fare Estimate,” it would cost $451 to take an Uber X from New York City to Washington, D.C. That’s a 226-mile journey. Assuming for one second you could find an Uber driver to take you on one continuous trip at the same price, you could drive 21,105 miles for $42,000 — or … New York to New Delhi, India three times.
The NBAPA report said the NBA player was reimbursed for his losses.