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Pro golfer Phil Mickelson, left, and legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, right, acknowledged they are linked to a California man who bribed college coaches and administrators to get wealthy students into top schools.

Federal prosecutors charged 50 people with a mail fraud and bribery scandal that involves the nation's elite colleges. The indictments accuse the affluent parents of paying William Rick Singer $25 million to help their underachieving children cheat on college entrance exams.

The list of well-to-do names include actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as Loughlin's fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli.

Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli were arrested and released on bond. Their next scheduled court date is March 29.

Montana, the legendary 49er, admitted his name is linked to Singer's company, but he claims the link is "minimal."

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Montana, pictured right with NFL legend Deion Sanders and tennis champ Serena Williams, tweeted: "Mr. Singer's company provided nothing more than minimal consulting service to our family, like so many other families, with the college application process."

He added, "Fortunately, our kids were able to pick from a number of schools to attend due to their hard work and their merit."

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson, won 43 events on the PGA Tour, including 5 major titles, also revealed his connection to Singer's nonprofit company.

Mickelson acknowledged he worked with Singer to get his eldest daughter into Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Mickelson's daughter is a sophomore at Brown.

Mickelson's two younger children, a sophomore and junior in high school, have been working with Singer's company to help them apply to colleges.

"Our family, along with thousands of others, used Rick Singer's company to guide us through the college admission process," Mickelson tweeted. "We are shocked by revelations of these events. Obviously, we were not part of this fraud, our kids would disown us if we ever tried to interfere."

Mickelson said schools are actively recruiting his youngest children.

"Our kids - schools are fighting to get them," Mickelson told reporters in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida, where he is competing in The Players Championship this week. "I say that as a proud dad. But their grades, their outside activities, their worldly views on things, have colleges recruiting them. We weren't even aware, really."

Singer plead guilty in federal court to bribery and fraud charges on Monday. He faces a maximum of 65 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Colleges involved in the scandal are reviewing their varsity athletes on a case-by-case basis.

The University of Southern California announced it was also reviewing select students on a case-by-case basis.

Loughlin's 2 daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, both dropped out of USC on Thursday amid fears of bullying on campus.

Both girls were on billionaire USC trustee chairman Rick Caruso's yacht in the Bahamas when news of the scandal broke on Tuesday.

Olivia was among a group of USC sorority sisters invited to spend spring break on the yacht with Caruso's daughter Gianni, an Instagram "influencer" who goes by Gigi.

Photos by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, Theo Wargo/Getty Images

  • Yardgirl

    Oh please, the list of celebrities and other moneyed will be off the chart!! This is what rich saltines do, periodT!!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Don’t drop the soap

  • TheOwley

    They raise their children as entitled brats who don't appreciate the value of hard work in school. Some barely graduate from high school and others just drop out considering the easy millions they will be inheriting. They grow up to be models because there is nothing else they are capable of doing. So these parents have to bribe universities to give their children a pass. This is been going on for decades, so what changed.

  • Guest

    Get em! get em all!

  • EasyBreezy

    Sadly, you know these (guilty-azz) folk are not going to jail.

  • Ebony Starr

    Phil Mickleson tried earlier to distance himself from the scandal. I knew it when he said it.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    The celebs are going to play dumb and put everything on that guy and his company. They'll walk or get 5011 years probation.

  • Seldomseen

    Every day

  • MJF

    All of them will receive a slap on the wrist, nothing more, nothing else. Sad but true.

  • WhoKnew

    I don't doubt it and Mickleson said he did not know anything about it. Damn these some lying muva hunchies. How are you not going to know what your money paid for? And they're saying the white parents won't go to jail. They'll just have to pay some sort of fine. When they start showing rich black people faces then they'll say these kneegras are going to the hinepot pokey.

  • Yardgirl

    Yep nothings changed but now they are being outed now. It even happens in the private sector. You go to college, come out with huge debt and cannot get hired because they all hire the children and families of their friends!! You damn near need a PHD these days to get an entry level position because they buy bachelors and masters like we buy food. Sickening.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm not so sure. Martha Stewart went to federal prison for insider trading on a stock deal. So these guys could end up in prison too.

  • Topic Influencer

    Damn it Joe! Not you too???!

  • MJF

    I work in Finance. Any trading with non-material information is definitely an offense and you will be punished by the law; regardless. This is different kinda sorta, but I feel you.

  • WhoKnew
  • deadellamore

    NO JOE!!!!!!

  • RICHIE_RICH

    ??

  • stav

    Second day you've posted black people in a post regarding these people's fraud...why? I'm sure you could find a pic of that cheater by himself, I'm sure you know the implication of the pic. You need to stop!

  • luVn_liFe…

    I seen Phil's statement on it.. i THOT to myself who axed yew??

    ahhh he's trying to get out in front if this..which I see his bothered. he's playing badly at the TPC open today

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, I see your point. I just think there's so much public outrage over this that the Feds will feel they don't want to give people the impression they're letting these "rich people" off the hook... so they'll want to make an example out of them.

  • jujumanji

    So basically their PR team told them to get ahead of the story. Smart move.

  • Ebony Starr

    Exactly!

  • iWasteTime

    I goggled Joe Montana and found 5,000,000,000 images of him BY HIMSELF!

  • MJF

    True but let's see because at this point police officers are still getting off the hook for killing black boys.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Noooo,not Mickelson!!! I love me sum guff

  • ATL White Guy

    I just wanna say that Serena is so fine.

  • iWasteTime

    I'm sure if there was a direct link, they would've have been rounded up too. Doesn't mean that they didn't get his number from a friend to "help" and once they met with him chose to do it the right way or thought the price was too steep

  • Ebony Starr

    Phil and Joe, how much did you pay Singer to "help" with college applications?

  • MsSapphire9800

    Once again black faces is the poster for white people greedy crimes....why not post some of those grown white children that benefited from their parent's crime

  • WhoKnew

    Exactly. Are they trying to put my broke ass on blast because I couldn't pay $100 grand or $500 hundred grand to process their applications? I helped both of my kids with their college applications along with the school of their choice admissions office FOR FREE. They just had to pay the application processing fee and for their high school transcripts.

  • WhoKnew

    Hopefully.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    No offense but Ewww..dude decent at what he do, though Tiger is better lol..Phil acts like he’s wore dad pants all his life on the green.. irks my nerve! Lololol

  • luVn_liFe…

    i luv Tiger! iON curr what anyone says TIGER all day everyday

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile.... wtf is going on..... I said (some) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/869cb96a7a857f7b18d28f54040933ca96eb76fa8ce1307a5d4d7ea755ad5124.gif favorites would be exposed ....but got dayum .... Chile.....whew shyt

  • ShelbyMoore

    Hopefully not smart enough.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The investigation is still ongoing though. And more evidence is being gathered. Wouldn't surprise me if we see some more arrests.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This sounds a little like #damagecontrol to me.
    But we'll see how this plays out.

  • bemetoo

    They all cheated but have the nerve to think they are better I have European family members from the Latin community but those full whites I can’t trust

  • PlayerP

    Awww...shizzle. It's. About. To go. DOWN.

  • PlayerP

    OFFT: Nice pic of Serena

  • Ebony Starr

    Schools are actively seeking Mickleson's youngest children, but still he needs Singer's "help". Did he not learn to complete college applications during the process for your eldest daughter?

  • luVn_liFe…

    they dont want to be bothered.

  • Yup, I said it

    Oh so Lori and them were just small fish? When will we work our way to Trump and Kushner?

  • Ebony Starr

    Remember Tanya McDowell?

    She got 12 yrs for sending her 6 yr old son to Norwalk CT’s Brookside Elementary School while she ‘lived’ in Bridgeport, even though she was homeless.

    She was convicted of 1st-degree larceny for “stealing“ an education.

    Remember Kelley Williams-Bolar?

    She was was convicted of using the wrong residence to get her daughters into a better school district in Ohio than underperforming Akron.

    She was sentenced to 3 years & ordered to pay $30,000 to the school district.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    When you “got the hook up” you can’t tell everybody... somethings you have keep to yourself...anyway white rich folks problems

  • Junkanoo

    White Jesus is finally exposing these untouchable white collar criminals its about damn time. Ive always thought since white people out number every other racial group there should be more of them in prision instead of black folks who only make up 14 percent of the population. Serena looks the best Ive ever seen her she needs to super glue that wig to her scalp and leave it be.

  • the guest

    Watch. This avalanche just started to crumble. I don't think people realize just how far reaching and hard the impact of this scandal will be.

  • the guest

    THIS!

  • MoneyMillz

    Facts

  • Janice Collins

    A few misfacts. Tanya McDowell she went to jail for selling drugs. They just put that extra on her because she was wrong on that front too. Williams-Bolar was actually order to pay the money and refused. That’s why she is in jail. All Williams-Bolar has to do was apply for her child to use that school district, but she tried to sneak her child in and was caught. On issues with folks that cheat the system. I take my children’s education seriously that’s why Saved up to move to a good school district and applied to go the school of my choice.

  • Janice Collins

    So you know Kushner nor any of the trump kids where applying for college during the scope of this investigation. 2011 until now. But way to work it in there.

  • Janice Collins

    There will be more. They have arrested all the coaches yet

  • Janice Collins

    I’m sorry but isn’t that how its works, create wealth then hire you children. Of more of us tried it we might be better off.

  • Yup, I said it

    They are already investigating why Kushners gave. a 2.5 millions donation to Jareds college pre entry.

  • dontgetblocked

    Loud applause. That's what my folks did. I didn't have the fancy clothes but I had the fancy education.

  • dontgetblocked

    That's common. Done all the time.

  • dontgetblocked

    What is all this consulting stuff? I had to order brochures about my potential colleges. Now, you can just log on to the Internet.

  • GrandHustleGirl1

    Like Lorie Harvey?

  • abby500

    Thanks for the PROPER information. Ppl love to victimize black folks. It’s warranted often, but we can’t just mis-state facts and stories.

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • Ebony Starr

    Thanks for the corrections!

  • bella28498 .

    Thanks for the info. Black people need to stop saying white people do it, the rules only apply to us.

  • Faux Gibbler

    This happens in sports too. Not just a white thang.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Well damn.

  • Desi

    Before a looked at the title more closely, I thought that said Joe Namath. I was like nooo not Broadway Joe. Lol ?

  • Faux Gibbler

    His services offer “side door entrance” it’s pretty clear in the indictment. Side eye ? at Mickelson and Montana.

  • 2gr8ful

    Trust me, many more of the so called “elite class” are sweating bullets right now praying their names don’t surface in this mess. Here we go again with the pictures, Deon, Serena and Direct TV have nothing to do with this ??

  • 2gr8ful

    Exactly ??

  • Melanated Goddess??

    It must suck to not belong anywhere. I'd hate to be a mutt like you. F.Y.I this is a white thing. Just because you're half cave beast doesn't mean you have to lie Craig.

  • lovelygamour

    its sad that these rich kids stole spots but... i dont blame any of the staff that took kickbacks. honestly, its so much money that i can see opening a few spots. now, I wont condone cheating for grades but taking bribes to get in...ok. its not like they sold out for 2 grand. we are taking 4 and 5 zeros. they arent football coaches who can make millions. these are proctors and bat-mitten coaches. I dont feel bad for them but I understand way they broke down.

    Ive been passed over for spots because of bribes. either parents paying or them volunteering. so its not that I dont sympathize but to get 20 grand just to say a kid is an alternate is hard to pass up.

  • lovelygamour

    I cant believe that phil mickelson and joe montana needed help to get their kids into schools. that means that those kids have been completely neglected. furthermore how awful are mickelson and montana. they must not give to charity because any school would want their kids just to put them on the admission website. that means those kids must be really dumb.

    singer shouldnt have set it up as a charity. the parents shouldve just paid the bribe and let it go. well, they shouldve put their idiots in summer school.

  • lovelygamour

    its kinda understood if you buy a building you get in. like larry hagman from the tv show dallas paid for a hospital wing and then got a kidney or liver. that hospital wing has saved so many lives its hard to complain but I still think its wrong.

  • lovelygamour

    him and his kids sound stupid. mickelson could walk into any school and get help for free. those kids must be awful to have to pay for help.

  • lovelygamour

    yeah, I mean if you kid is that slow that they need the full package they shouldnt be in university. take a year off.

  • lovelygamour

    agreed I just looked and cbs scaramento found a picture of his wife 20 hours ago. lol. its like he knew to hide them.

  • BogartKing

    Rich MTFS with uneducated dumb ass kids is the only topic here

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Ooooooh, how They Are searching for a Black face for this low crime. Just throw it off Them!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Yeap!!! They Constantly search for that Black Face to Hide Their ignorance. Don't even know they are friends Until? Leave Us Alone, ok!!! They Know what they are trying to show.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    They did "Side door" consulting, we know!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Lol, he knows he sounds very stupid.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Or Take another direction, There are options!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    The Only time they Are Friends uh!!! Stop It.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    iiiiihaaaa

  • Logan Roberts

    2019 tagging everybody welp!

  • Janice Collins

    I’m busting my ass and i don’t have all the news clothes or lace fronts and my children don’t get Brand name everything, but they will get the best education i can afford. And if i get more, it will get better.

  • Hummingbird_225

    They are killing me softly talking about they need help with the admissions process...uummmm isn’t that what admissions counselors get paid to do. Furthermore they have instructions on how to submit an application for admissions on each schools website... I call bullsh!$. They trying to CYA ( cover ya ass)

  • onelove

    that list going to get longer....

  • Babe Miller

    Loosen yo weave and stop drinking dat lean

  • Babe Miller

    Yo Iz bad folks

  • Melanated Goddess??

    Find some other stereotype to hang on to troglodyte. You animals don't like black people but are always sniffing around us. You people are psychotic sociopaths. I'd hate to be a pig skinned dog smelling neanderthal. Must suck to be so inferior that you go out of your way to harass and berate a group of people that you claim to be better than. Lol. You animals are so predictable.

  • Babe Miller

    Speaking of animals,IZ yo mom still on probation?

  • Babe Miller

    I blame you

  • BxGirl

    Lol ! His daughters are too old for college admission and his grandkids aren't old enough yet!

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