An expense report by Dawkins showed Bridges’ mother, Cynthia, allegedly received a $400 advance through an ATM withdrawal on May 3, 2016. Dawkins lists lunch with Bridges’ parents that same day totaling $70.05. The documents also allege Dawkins had dinner with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
Bridges, a Flint native, played his freshman year at Flint Southwestern Academy before transferring to Huntington Prep in West Virginia. He committed to Michigan State on Oct. 3, 2015 and signed a national letter of intent the following month.
After a standout freshman year, Bridges surprised many by deciding to return for his sophomore season instead of leaving for the NBA. The forward is averaging 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the No. 2 Spartans (26-3), who are considered one of the favorites to win a national championship. They close the regular season on Sunday at Wisconsin before beginning the Big Ten tournament next week.
Michigan State released statements Friday afternoon from Izzo and interim athletic director Bill Beekman.
Izzo’s statement read: “We are aware of the report in Yahoo! Sports. While we will cooperate with any and all investigations, we have no reason to believe that I, any member of our staff or student-athlete did anything in violation of NCAA rules.”
Beekman’s statement read: “MSU is committed to a culture of NCAA compliance. We have proactively contacted the NCAA and Big Ten Conference. As Coach Izzo has stated, there is no evidence that he or anyone in his program, including student-athletes, did anything impermissible.”