Agent charged in UNC football scandal

A Georgia-based agent was arrested and charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agents laws after an unsealed indictment revealed that he had provided monetary benefits to three former University of North Carolina football players, who are all now in the NFL. 

Terry Watson, 39, was charged with 13 counts of providing cash and plane tickets to DT Marvin Austin (Dolphins), DE Robert Quinn (Rams) and WR Greg Little (Browns) valued at almost $24,000 in an attempt to sign them while still in school. 

Specifically, Watson violated North Carolina law by not registering himself as an agent with the Secretary of State’s office and for providing benefits to prospective future clients. Watson was also charged one count of obstruction of justice because he wasn’t forthcoming with his financial records.

The most egregious of the alleged violations involved Watson's interactions with Little. Prosecutors believe he provided more than $20,000 to Little between May and October of 2010. Nine of the 13 charges concerned the former Tar Heels wide receiver, who was ultimately deemed permanently ineligible by the university.

The latest arrest comes less than a week after a former UNC football tutor was charged with funneling cash and plane tickets between Watson and Little.

Watson was released on $50,000 bond this morning and was expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. 

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