Terry Watson is the latest agent to come under the gun for providing gifts to college football players.
According to The Associated Press, the Marietta, Ga. native provided cash and other accommodations to three former North Carolina football players in an effort to ink their John Hancock:
A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state's sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players and obstruction of justice.
An unsealed indictment states that a grand jury indicted Terry Watson with 13 counts of providing cash or travel accommodations to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn valued at nearly $24,000 in an effort to sign them. Watson also faces one count of obstruction for not providing records sought by authorities.
The 39-year-old Watson, based in Marietta, Ga., was arrested Wednesday morning, released on a $50,000 secured bond and will have his first court appearance in the afternoon.
All three former UNC players are in the NFL.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
A third man has been arrested in UNC sports agent investigation, according to Anne Blythe of NewsObserver.com.
Patrick Mitchell Jones, a real estate agent in Cartersville, Ga., is charged with one count of athlete-agent inducement. Jones is accused of trying to induce Robert Quinn, a defensive end who was a first round 2011 draft pick by the St. Louis Rams, to sign with Georgia sports agent Terry Watson.
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Among the charges, Watson is accused of providing $20,457.24 in benefits to Little, $1,525.74 to Quinn and $2,000 to Austin from May to October of 2010.
In the state of North Carolina, agents must first register with the Secretary of State’s office and are not allowed to bribe athletes to sign representation contracts with gifts and other benefits.
The indictment of Watson, and of former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson last week, via The Associated Press, comes after three years of investigation by the Secretary of State’s office, which began in the summer of 2010.
In October of 2010, the NCAA declared both Little and Quinn permanently ineligible. Meanwhile, Austin was dismissed from the school.
Currently, all three are on NFL rosters. Quinn plays for the St. Louis Rams, Little for the Cleveland Browns and Austin for the Miami Dolphins.
Watson is expected to appear in court later Wednesday.