Nets proprietor Mikhail Prokhorov has discovered himself caught in the midst of an embarrassing sports activities scandal — and, for as soon as, it has nothing to do together with his staff’s play on the courtroom.
Prokhorov allegedly paid a Russian Olympic athlete hundreds of thousands of rubles (the equal of a number of hundred thousand dollars) in hush cash to not reveal Russia’s elaborate doping scheme.
Whisteblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who uncovered Russia’s doping scandal after fleeing to america, alleged in sworn testimony that Prokhorov paid Russian biathlete Irina Starykh to maintain her quiet after she stumbled upon the scheme, in accordance with the Wall Road Journal.
Starykh was caught doping in Austria main as much as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Video games. Rodchenkov claimed Starykh deliberate to show the Russian doping program amid frustration over not with the ability to compete herself.
The Russian biathlete by no means adopted by way of on her plan, nevertheless, as Prokhorov, who then served as the top of the Russian Biathlon Union, intervened and paid Starykh to maintain her quiet, Rodchenkov claimed.
A consultant for Prokhorov dismissed the allegation as “completely irresponsible rumour” in a press release to the Journal.
Starykh additionally denied the accusations.
“Rodchenkov’s assertion that I acquired some cash from Prokhorov is a lie. I didn’t obtain any cash,” Starykh advised the Russian information company TASS, per the Journal.
The Nets haven’t launched a press release addressing the allegation.
Russia was banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea and fined $15 million as punishment for its elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme earlier this week.
The information comes on the identical day because the Nets acquired former No. three decide Jahlil Okafor from the 76ers.
Prokhorov bought the Nets for $200 million in 2009.
He lately agreed in precept to promote forty nine % minority stake within the group to Joseph Tsai, the chief vice chairman and co-founding father of Chinese language e-commerce big Alibaba, for $1.2 billion.
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