Former Auburn player indicted for point-shaving
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Former Auburn guard Varez Ward has been indicted in federal court on two counts related to point-shaving accusations.
Ward is no longer a student at Auburn. He was suspended in February 2012 and hasn’t played college basketball since.
The allegations of point-shaving came while Varez was playing for Auburn.
The indictment was released Thursday, and Ward is alleged to have conspired with others to bribe or solicit one or more individuals to influence a sporting contest.
Ward’s teammate, Chris Denson, was also suspended by the Tigers prior to a Feb. 25 game against Arkansas during the 2011-12 season following the point-shaving allegations stemming from poor play.
Auburn Athletics issued a statement after Ward’s suspension that read: “Auburn officials were made aware of a rumor regarding an allegation two weeks ago and immediately reported it to the FBI, the NCAA and the SEC. Because of the nature of the allegation, Auburn is not in a position to make any further comment on the situation.”
Denson was questioned but cleared a short time after his suspension.
This isn’t the first time recently that college basketball has fallen under a cloud of point-shaving. Former University of San Diego player Brandon Johnson last month began serving a jail sentence for his involvement in point-shaving.