LSU basketball coach Will Wade's FBI wiretap: What we know about Yahoo's report

Erik Hall Tom Schad
The Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Thursday morning Yahoo! Sports revealed a transcript of a phone conversation intercepted by the FBI that was between LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade and Christian Dawkins, who Yahoo referred to as a basketball middleman.

According to the report, Wade appeared to be speaking about a third-party's attempts to delay a commitment because "he didn't get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal." Wade does not mention the recruit by name, according to Yahoo! Sports, but references it as "the Smart thing."

Javonte Smart, who was a four-star recruit, is now a freshman at LSU.

LSU announced Friday that Wade is suspended indefinitely. 

Read more: LSU basketball coach Will Wade indefinitely suspended amid FBI wiretap report

What did Will Wade say in the phone conversation? 

Javonte Smart drives the ball as the LSU Fighting Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers at the Pete Marovich Assembly Center. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Here is what Yahoo published Thursday morning from the phone conversation. 

“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”

“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment, “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.

“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”

Dawkins responded by saying, “Hmmmm.”

“It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer,” Wade continued. “Hell of an offer.”

“OK,” Dawkins said.

“Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid,” Wade said.

Who is Christian Dawkins? 

This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins. The three men were sentenced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Mathews, left, Seth Wenig, center and right)

Dawkins, the man at the other end of that call, was one of the key figures at the center of an FBI probe into the underbelly of recruiting in college basketball, an investigation that also led to the arrests of former Adidas employees James Gatto and Merl Code, among others.

Code and Dawkins were each sentenced to six months in prison on Tuesday, while Gatto received a nine-month sentence.

The probe also ensnared three college assistants — one each at Arizona, Oklahoma State and USC — and there is a chance that it could lead to further punishment from the NCAA at multiple schools.

What did LSU say about the Will Wade wiretap? 

Tigers Head Coach Will Wade as the LSU Fighting Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers at the Pete Marovich Assembly Center. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

An LSU spokesperson did not immediately reply to a request for comment from USA TODAY Sports on Yahoo's report.

What did Will Wade say about the Yahoo report? 

LSU head coach Will Wade is seen on the sidelines during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game against the Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Wade declined to comment to local reporters Thursday afternoon.

"I haven’t read it," Wade told reporters when asked about the report. "I don’t have any comment on that. ... We’ll move forward as we need to."

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