As long as the rules of amateurism remain the same, stories like this will continue to appear. On Monday afternoon, former NFL Agent Terry Watson pleaded guilty to providing thousands of dollars of improper benefits to former UNC football players.
The plea resolves a three-year legal battle which included felony charges.
ESPN first reported that that the violation of North Carolina’s sports-agent law will net Watson a 30-month probation and a $5,000 fine.
Judge Graham Shirley suspended a jail sentence of six to eight months as a result of his guilty plea.
The numbers surrounding Watson improper benefits are staggering, having offered approximately $24,000 in cash and travel considerations in an attempt to lure in potential clients.
Former UNC stars like Robert Austin, Marvin Austin and Greg Little headline the accusations.
As part of the agreement which lead to Watson’s entering a guilty plea, the court dismissed felony charges for Obstruction of Justice.