Ex-agent pleads guilty in UNC sports agent probe

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports.

HILLS­BOR­OUGH, N.C. | A for­mer NFL agent has pleaded guilty to vi­o­lat­ing North Carolina’s sports agent law by pro­vid­ing thou­sands of dol­lars in im­proper ben­e­fits to three for­mer Tar Heels football play­ers to en­tice them into sign­ing con­tracts with him.

Terry Wat­son, 43, of Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia, en­tered his plea Mon­day af­ter­noon in a deal to re­solve 3½-yearold felony charges. Wat­son re­ceived 30 months of pro­ba­tion and a $5,000 fine, while Judge Gra­ham Shirley is­sued a sus­pended jail sen­tence of six to eight months.

Wat­son pleaded guilty to the 13 counts of ath­lete-agent in­duce­ment for pro­vid­ing roughly $24,000 in cash and travel ac­com­mo­da­tions to even­tual NFL play­ers Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and Greg Lit­tle in 2010. A felony ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charge for not pro­vid­ing records sought by au­thor­i­ties was dis­missed as part of the deal.

He was one of five peo­ple fac­ing charges in the case, four of whom were in the same court­room Mon­day.

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