Former UCONN Huskie Going to Prison [VIDEO]
Remember UCONN's buzzer-beating shot in a 1990 NCAA tournament game against Clemson? That was 6' 5" guard Tate George and now he's been sentenced to prison.
According to the NewsTimes, George was sentenced to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme. He claims he's innocent and is just a well intentioned businessman whose real estate projects fell apart.
George was convicted two years ago on four wire fraud counts. His clients, now victims, include NBA player Charlie Villeneuva, former player Brevin Knight, and Randall Pinkett, a former winner on "The Apprentice." According to prosecutors, the three men together lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
George played with the New Jersey Nets from 1990 - 1993, the Quad City Thunder(CBA) from 1993 - 1995, and the Milwaukee Bucks in 1995. He averaged 4.2 points per game while in the NBA.
George offered no apology to his victims claiming his ventures were still alive and the money was still out there. The U.S. attorney's office case claimed that George talked his clients into sinking their money into phony investments while lying about his assets and projects and then used that money for personal expenses.
The prosecutor claimed George's crimes are the "monstrous result of our culture's elevation and celebration of professional athletics."