Ex-USD Hoops Star Pleads Not Guilty In Sports Bribery Case

Brandon Johnson Among 10 Indicted In Alleged Sports-Bribery Ring

A former University of San Diego star basketball player appeared in federal court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a sports bribery case.

Brandon Johnson, USD's all-time leading scorer, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday and then returned home to Houston. He is free on a $25,000 bond and was appointed a local public defender, Oliver Cleary.

Johnson was arrested without incident April 9 in Houston.

A federal indictment alleges that Johnson took a bribe to influence a USD game in February 2010 and solicited someone else this January to affect the outcome of USD basketball games while playing for the Dakota Wizards, an NBA development team.

He is one of 10 defendants in the marijuana distribution and sports gambling case. Former USD teammate Brandon Dowdy and ex-assistant basketball coach Thaddeus Brown were among the 10 accused in the probe.

Each faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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