Judge says Will Wade won't testify, wiretaps likely to remain sealed

Don Ames
April 20, 2019 - 12:27 pm

USA TODAY

According to a report by The Advocate, LSU basketball coach Will Wade will not have to testify at an upcoming corruption case in college basketball.

That means Wade's statements caught by an FBI wiretap may never become public. 

On Friday, federal district judge Edgardo Ramos decided that Wade won't testify, and the tapes will remain out of court proceedings.

Wade was said to be caught on tape discussing basketball recruiting with one of the defendants in the case. 

But, judge Ramos reportedly ruled that any potential wrongdoing by Wade was irrelevant to the case, which focuses on alleged bribes at four schools outside of Louisiana.  

The judge could still change his mind later in the trial. Attorneys involved in the case have estimated that trial will last several weeks.

Defense attorneys had reportedly subpoenaed Wade, who refused to discuss his reported comments with LSU or with NCAA investigators for more than a month. 

LSU President F. King Alexander suspended Wade in March for his refusal to talk, causing him to miss LSU's regular-season finale. An internal LSU investigation cleared Wade to return to the court for the postseason.

Wade was officially reinstated by the university last week after a meeting with officials, during which he denied any wrongdoing. 

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