Michigan State's Miles Bridges made $40 donation to gain reinstatement

Michigan State guard Miles Bridges was briefly ruled ineligible last week during a school investigation into possible NCAA violations, but he was reinstated after making a $40 contribution to a charity.

The university revealed the details Monday.

Michigan State was looking into the Yahoo Sports report implicating many major college programs in an alleged pay-for-play scheme when it uncovered a separate issue involving Bridges.

"In the course of Friday's internal investigation, while it was determined that the allegations detailed in the Yahoo Sports report were not true, the MSU compliance office did uncover an NCAA violation," Michigan State announced in a statement. "Per standard operating procedures, Miles Bridges was declared ineligible and MSU applied for reinstatement. On Saturday afternoon, MSU received word that Bridges had been reinstated by the NCAA.

"Last winter (2016-17), Bridges' family members had dinner with an agent, without Bridges' knowledge. As part of the reinstatement process, Bridges was required to pay $40 (value of dinner) to a charity of his choice.

"While it is not unusual for reinstatement cases to be handled within a day, Michigan State appreciates the NCAA taking swift action."

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Dec 3, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) reacts to a play during the first half of a game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) reacts as Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) defends during the first half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) laughs at Michigan State Spartans guard Matt McQuaid (20) during the first half of a game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) gestures from the bench during the second half of a game against the Savannah State Tigers at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2018; Iowa City, IA, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) and guard Cassius Winston (5) celebrate after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State won 96-93. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2018; Rosemont, IL, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Miles Bridges (22) drives against Northwestern Wildcats forward Gavin Skelly (44) during the first half at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 20, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Gavin Schilling (34) and Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) and Michigan State Spartans guard Lourawls Nairn Jr. (11) hold the Big Ten Championship Trophy after a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 22: Miles Bridges #22 talks with Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans late in the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at State Farm Center on January 22, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, MD- JANUARY 28: Miles Bridges #22 of the Michigan State Spartans warms up before a college basketball game against the Maryland Terrapins at The Xfinity Center on January 28, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 13: Miles Bridges #22 of the Michigan State Spartans handles the ball while defended by Jordan Poole #2 of the Michigan Wolverines at Breslin Center on January 13, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 10: Miles Bridges #22 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Breslin Center on January 10, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 29: Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo chats with guard Miles Bridges (22) during a college basketball game between Michigan State and Cleveland State on December 29, 2017, at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Multiple media outlets reported that Bridges' mother was paid $400 by Christian Dawkins, who used to work for NBA agent Andy Miller, and that Dawkins paid for a $70.05 dinner with the Bridges family.

Both Bridges and the university denied that he or his mother received improper benefits from Dawkins.

"I haven't (taken money). My mom hasn't. It's as simple as that," Bridges said Sunday after helping Michigan State clinch an outright Big Ten title with a 68-63 win at Wisconsin.

Bridges scored 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds against the Badgers. For the season, he is averaging 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Dawkins told federal investigators that he withdrew $400 from an ATM to give to Bridges' mother. Investigators also reportedly found emails from Dawkins in which he told Miller he was "trying to do a trade deal" in which Gary Harris (a former Spartan who now plays for the Denver Nuggets), Bridges and others would join Miller's agency in exchange for getting top recruit Brian Bowen to commit to play for Michigan State.

Bowen ultimately signed to play for Louisville.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and associate coach Dwayne Stephens both were named in the Yahoo Sports report. The scandal has enveloped numerous top programs and led embattled Arizona coach Sean Miller to sit out the Wildcats' most recent game.

Izzo said he was not involved in the follow-up investigation that cleared Bridges to play.

--Field Level Media

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