Beasley suit alleges improper benefits from K-State

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is accusing his former agent and an AAU coach of conspiring to forge a relationship with him from the age of 14 and giving his mother improper cash benefits while Beasley starred at Kansas State, all in an effort to land the basketball prodigy as a client.

Beasley laid out the allegations in a lawsuit filed in Maryland a month ago in response to agent Joel Bell's wrongful termination lawsuit against him. Beasley said Bell gave his mother living expenses when he went to school there, which would likely violate NCAA rules and federal regulations governing sports agents.

A Kansas State spokesman wrote in an email to The AP that the school is aware of the lawsuit "but at this time we have no further information on which to comment." The allegations were first reported by The Washington Post.

The lawsuit states that Beasley grew up in a poor, single-parent household in the Washington, D.C., area and often struggled with behavioral and academic issues, which led to him attending six high schools in five years. But he also quickly grew into one of the most promising schoolboy players in the country, teaming up with friend Kevin Durant on a formidable AAU team.

When that team folded, Malone invited Beasley to join his D.C. Assault team. The lawsuit said that Beasley's mother, Fatima Smith, did not have the money to pay for her son to play. But Malone told Smith that adidas sponsored his team and she would not have to pay for Beasley to join or any trips being taken.

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