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Attorney for man at center of bribery probe linked to USC player says his client denies wrongdoing

Attorney for man at center of bribery probe linked to USC player says his client denies wrongdoing

The attorney for David Elliott, the man at the center of the alleged bribery case that has sidelined USC sophomore De’Anthony Melton for the first seven basketball games this season, “unequivocally” denies his client accepted any money in relation to Melton or otherwise violated NCAA rules.

“Dave’s very disappointed,” attorney Alex Kessel told The Times in his first public comments on the matter. “We’re all disappointed that an institution that aggressively recruited [Melton] as a student-athlete is sort of turning their backs on him. We feel that we have enough information that shows there’s absolutely no nexus between De’Anthony and Dave and any irregularities or rules...

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