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Randolph Morris indicted for wire fraud and tax violations

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Yes, that Randolph Morris.

Xinjiang Flying Tigers v Beijing Ducks - CBA 15/16 Play-off Quarter-final Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images

Randolph Morris came to Kentucky in 2004 as part of one of Tubby Smith’s highest ranking classes in Lexington. He was the No. 10 player in the 2004 class and had high hopes of leaving for the NBA after one season. He declared for the NBA Draft, but quickly got himself in a bit of trouble as he kept changing his mind.

Due to a phantom fax that Tubby Smith “found” on his desk, Morris was able to return for the 2nd half of the 2005-2006 season. While the Wildcats struggled that year, Morris looked good and got enough positive feedback from the NBA to make the leap.

Morris spent just three years in the NBA, split between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. The rest of his basketball career took place overseas, including an eight year career in China where he apparently made a lot of money.

The former Wildcats played for the Beijing Ducks from 2010-2018, and it seems that he was not completely honest with the state government about his income. As a resident of Lexington, KY, Morris failed to pay taxes on $13 million between 2015-2017. This landed Morris 11 counts of wire fraud for which he was indicted earlier this week.

This happens often with Americans who earn money overseas, if you remember the Wesley Snipes fiasco from a few years back. But $13 million is a lot to hide. Morris is likely to find himself in a great deal of trouble for this, and I doubt there is a fax machine on earth that can save him.