HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits to former Tar Heels wide receiver Greg Little in 2010.
In a search warrant unsealed this week, an agent with the Secretary of State's Office said Little told investigators that Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency provided him with a monthly cash allowance of $2,200 in addition to other benefits.
Little, now with the Cleveland Browns, also reimbursed former tutor Jennifer Wiley for expenses paid on his behalf with money received from Watson or a financial adviser, according to a probable cause affidavit in the June search warrant.
While the NCAA investigation is closed, authorities are still reviewing whether laws regulating sports agents were broken.
The warrant sought Wiley's financial records from January 2009 to December 2010. Wiley was linked to academic misconduct violations involving several football players, as well as providing more than $1,900 in improper benefits to Little for parking tickets and an airline change fee.
"I have no knowledge of any investigatory interest in Jennifer," her attorney, Joseph B. Cheshire V, said in an email Thursday.
Watson didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press to his Marietta, Ga.-based office.
The state's Uniform Athletes Agents Act requires agents to register with the Secretary of State's Office and is designed to shield athletes from sports agents who would offer gifts to entice them to sign representation contracts. North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has said the focus isn't on athletes or schools but on the agents or anyone that provide items of value.
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