TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Five SEC football players, including former University of Alabama stars D.J. Fluker and Luther Davis, are reported to have been involved in extra benefits violations, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
The players were identified after sorting through financial information and text message records belonging to Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis. Yahoo! Sports obtained the records from a source who was acting as a go-between for college football stars and NFL agents.
Yahoo! Sports claims to have authenticated text message records, Western Union fund transfers, banking statements, flight receipts and other financial material linking Davis and the other college football players.
A total of $45,550 in transactions were made between NFL agents, three financial advisers, and Davis.
Davis, a UA defensive end from 2007-2010, acted as a middle man for prospective NFL drafts and agents following his college career, according to sources not named by Yahoo! Sports.
A tweet from Fluker’s Twitter account in January claimed he took money while in college.
“Yea I took $ n college so wat. I did wat i had to do. Agents was tryin to pimp me so I pimped them. Cast da first stone,” the tweet said.
However, Fluker’s agent claimed his account was hacked.
If the allegations are true, it would be a NCAA rules violation that could impact Fluker’s eligibility and Alabama wins that he contributed to.
University of Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle responded to the allegations.
“We have been aware of some of the allegations in today’s story and our compliance department was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published,” Battle said in a statement. “Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so.”