New York AAU Coach Accused of Disappearing With $40k of Team’s Money
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Karim Seabrook, the former coach of an AAU basketball league, is being accused of vanishing with $40k which was raised for the Team 12 to travel to a basketball tournament in Vegas.
“The police told us that they can’t really do anything as of yet because it’s a civil matter. We have to take it to the court because he says he didn’t actual steal anything from us, that we actually gave it to him,” said Alison Roberts a parent.
“I’m just saddened that this guy can rob kids and parents and run off with their money and sleep at night and think that it’s ok,” said Camille Bowl, a parent.
Earlier in the week, via Skype, Seabrook talked to News12 Brooklyn to claim his innocence.
He claims that the $30,000 to $40,000 never touched or went through his hands.
He says the team raised nowhere near the amount of money reportedly taken, and the he was only present for an initial payment of about $140.
Seabrook says he was forced off the team and then went to St. Louis to start his own youth organization. He also says he never moved out of Brooklyn, and he plans on coming back next week.
The coach confirms that he turned off his phone because he did not want to have contact with his team or organization.
Innocent or guilty, this isn’t the first time Seabrook’s name has been associated with a situation like this. He used to be the regional director for the now defunct Elevate Basketball Circuit which shut down after collecting $1,600 from a reported 525 teams.
Innocent or guilty is a popular question about a lot of things going on in the AAU world that has plenty of supporters but also a lot of haters – especially from older and former NBA players like Kobe, Charles Barkley and Robert Horry.