Current Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:12:33 -0500
HILLSBOROUGH — Sports agent Terry Watson was indicted today in relation to the UNC football athlete-agent scandal and will appear before the court at 2 p.m.
Watson is charged with 13 counts of agent-athlete inducement and one count of felony obstruction of justice.
Watson is charged with providing former UNC football defensive tackle Marvin Austin with $2,000 around May 4, 2010. The indictment also states that Watson provided wide receiver Greg Little with varying amounts of money including $5,000 on or around May 7, 2010 and $2,200 monthly from May to October 2010.
Austin was a 2011 second-round draft pick and was selected by the New York Giants. He recently signed with the Miami Dolphins. Little was also selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. He was picked by the Cleveland Browns and still plays for the team.
The indictment also states Watson provided Robert Quinn with a hotel room for $675.74 on or around May 28, 2010, plane tickets for $750 on or around May 26, 2010 and $100 on or around May 28, 2010.
Quinn was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and was selected by the St. Louis Rams. The defensive end still plays for the team.
The total amount of improper benefits given from Watson to Quinn, Little and Austin is nearly $24,000.
The felony obstruction of justice charge states that on or around Oct. 12, 2012, Watson failed to provide records sought by authorities.
Watson was released on a $50,000 bond, per bondsman Richard Lowry of LRM Incorporated. Danny Mason, another bondsman from LRM, was also there with Watson.
Watson appeared at the Orange County Magistrate’s office at 10 a.m.
According to a search warrant unsealed in September, Watson of Watson Sports Agency in Marietta, Ga., gave former UNC wide receiver Greg Little more than $20,000. The warrant also revealed that Watson provided Little with a month allowance of $2,200, in addition to airline tickets, hotels and cellphone bills.
Little told investigators that he began contact with Watson sometime before the spring football game in 2010, and Austin began contact as early as December 2009 according to the search warrant.
This is the second indictment in a set of five relating to the North Carolina football scandal. On Thursday, Jennifer Wiley Thompson became the first to be indicted and was charged with four counts of athlete agent inducement.
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