“We would like to address the allegations against one of our families. The Little family did not ask for, nor were offered money by any institution or individual,” wrote 1Family in a statement denying any wrongdoing. “They were completely unaware of any of the alleged offenses that may have mentioned or contained their son’s name. There is not one single player in our program, nor family member of any player, that had any knowledge or discussion about payments being made in regards to making a college decision.
“We stand by this 100% and will allow the truth to come out as this process unfolds,” wrote 1Family in the statement. “Any defamation or accusations made by media accusing any of our players participating in said behavior will be documented and addressed legally. Our loyalty and commitment are to the young men we are blessed to coach and to their families. We fully support them and are standing with them in this process.”Darryl Hardin, who coaches with 1Family, backed up those comments “100 percent.” “Anyone that has spoken with the kid or his family understands they aren’t those type of people,” Hardin said. “These are high-character people.” North Carolina coach Roy Williams told ESPN that Nike, which was not named in the federal complaint but reporteldy had members of its grassroots division subpeonaed by the FBI, has never helped him secure a player. “They’ve never helped me get any player, never insinuated, never done anything,” Williams told ESPN in an exclusive interview on Monday. “I’ve dealt with Nike and Jordan Brand since I came back here, but we never even discuss things like that,” he added. “So I know it’s foreign to me.”