Lyons has been to Chapel Hill twice as Austin’s representation, with his most recent trip in September when Austin spoke during the Secretary of State’s investigation into agent-player relations.
“He’s been trying to be as cooperative as he can,” Lyons said. “Providing records — not just testimony — and we’ve been cooperating.”
Fellow dismissed players Robert Quinn and Greg Little were not truthful to NCAA investigators on three separate occasions, according to an NCAA news release. Lyons declined to say if Austin, who the football program dismissed before the NCAA made its ruling, was also dishonest.
“I think the school, when they did dismiss him, they may have referenced to unethical conduct,” Lyons said. “I don’t know if they’re trying to couch Marvin with Greg and Robert in that sense. I can tell you that since I’ve been involved representing Marvin, everything we’ve done has tried to be consistent.”
Lyons said he represented current NFL wide receiver Stallworth, who in 2009 struck a pedestrian while having a blood-alcohol content of .126. He faced 15 years in prison, but received a 30-day sentence and served 24 days, according to ESPN.
Lyons’ other clients have included former NFL Pro Bowler Warren Sapp and tennis player Wayne Odesnik, who was suspended for two years in April for having human growth hormone.
Lyons said he’s seen first-hand the support Austin has received from the University community. He said Austin has conveyed that he has “a lot of love” for the University.
For now, Lyons said Austin’s draft aspirations may not be his foremost thought.
“He’s focused not just on his career, but on his life,” Lyons said. “He’s not even 22, he’s only 21. He’s now focused on the rest of his life.”
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