Strip club visit at center of Georgia Tech probe

Updated: March 14, 2019

3:16 AM ET

A former Georgia Tech assistant coach is being charged by the NCAA with Level I violations relating to an Atlanta strip club visit that sources told ESPN included n current Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and former Georgia Tech and NBA player Jarrett Jack.

Jack, whom the NCAA declared to be a representative of Georgia Tech’s athletics interests, is alleged to have provided Carter and an unidentified then-Georgia Tech player with $300 for the strip club visit, the sources told ESPN.

The NCAA has notified Georgia Tech officials that the former assistant, Darryl LaBarrie; a booster the sources identified to ESPN as Jack; and Ron Bell, a former friend of Yellow Jackets basketball coach Josh Pastner, are being charged with multiple alleged rules violations, including Level I violations, which are the most serious under NCAA rules.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported details of the NCAA’s notice of allegations to Georgia Tech.

LaBarrie was put on administrative leave in November 2017 and resigned later that season.

The NCAA also declared Bell, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, as a booster of Georgia Tech’s athletic interests, despite objections from university officials.

Bell, who met Pastner while he was an assistant coach at Arizona, allegedly paid for airline tickets for former Georgia Tech players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson to fly to Arizona. He also allegedly attempted to influence former Memphis player Markel Crawford to transfer to Tech.

The NCAA determined that Bell gave Okogie and Jackson sneakers, clothing, meals and travel expenses worth more than $1,400.

Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley, accused Pastner of sexually assaulting Pendley in a Houston hotel room in February 2016 and of harassing her at her other times.

Bell suggested in recorded jailhouse conversations that the couple fabricated the allegations, according to a court filing by Pastner’s attorneys in July 2018.

In January 2018, Pastner filed a civil suit against Bell and Pendley in Superior Court in Pima County, Arizona, alleging they were trying to extort and blackmail him by threatening to release false allegations about him to the media, Georgia Tech and the NCAA. Bell and Pendley filed a countersuit in February 2018.

Pastner and his attorneys have denied the allegations, and a Title IX investigation conducted by attorneys hired by Georgia Tech cleared Pastner in the matter in June 2018.

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