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Stephen A.: Deandre Ayton Was 'Running His Mouth' About Being Paid at Arizona

Stephen A.: Deandre Ayton Was 'Running His Mouth' About Being Paid at Arizona

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ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith said during Thursday's edition of First Take that he heard from University of Arizona sources that Deandre Ayton was "running his mouth" on campus about getting paid to play for the Wildcats during the 2017-18 college basketball season.

On Wednesday, Mark Schlabach and Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com reported former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson was heard on a wiretapped phone call played in federal court telling Christian Dawkins that Arizona head coach Sean Miller was paying Ayton $10,000 per month.

Smith said on First Take the arrangement "wasn't a secret."

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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