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Second indictment in UNC agents probe due Wednesday

Posted October 8, 2013
Updated October 9, 2013

— Jim Woodall, district attorney for Orange County, said Tuesday that he expects a second grand jury indictment to be unsealed Wednesday in the ongoing investigation into whether sports agents broke state law by providing gifts to former University of North Carolina football players.

On Friday, Jennifer Wiley Thompson, who worked with the Tar Heel football team from 2007 to 2009, made her first appearance on four felony charges that she provided benefits – including airline tickets and cash to receiver Greg Little, now with the Cleveland Browns. Former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson Second UNC indictment to be unsealed Wednesday

Woodall said Thursday that, to the best of his knowledge, North Carolina was the first state to file criminal charges related to athlete-agent contact.

"This is a new law that that has questionable applicability to these facts, and no one should judge the truth based on this or any grand jury indictment," Wiley's attorney Joe Chesire said in a statement after her court appearance. "She has been pursued and harassed for years and paid a great price for being a good-hearted, naive young person who tried to help people."

Wiley's indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, shows investigators found she purchased a round-trip airline ticket for then-UNC football player Little in May 2010. Later that year, Wiley delivered packages to Little containing $2,000 and $150 cash. Investigators allege Wiley gave gifts to Little in attempts to persuade him to contract with sports agent Terry Watson of the Georgia-based Watson Sports Agency.

The university was sanctioned by the NCAA in March 2012 after an almost two-year long investigation that showed that seven players had received $27,097.38 in gifts, cash and trips.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall followed up the NCAA investigation with one of her own in the summer of 2010, under the auspices of a law that requires sports agents to register with the Secretary of State, and prohibits them from providing “anything of value” to a student-athlete not under contract or initiating contact with a student-athlete.

Those who violate the law can be charged with a felony and may also be subject to civil penalties, including a fine of up to $25,000 and paying damages to a school that loses eligible student-athletes.

The Orange County grand jury indicted multiple people last week, but those proceedings remain under seal.

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 9, 11:21 a.m.

    Initial reports said athletes at "other' area schools also had improper contact with... View More

    — Posted by ezme22

    Initial reports said athletes at "other' area schools also had improper contact with agents... View More

    — Posted by 903 sing Terry Watson sing

    From the article written by the News and Observer:

    "The investigator with the Secretary of... View More

    — Posted by ezme22

    So, local media isn't bringing these things to light.

    Yet, you provided a quote from local media to support your assertion.

    So is local media bringing it to light or not?

  • ezme22 Oct 9, 11:14 a.m.

    Other schools have issues but DO NOT claim and have never claimed such perfection.

    ^^^that.

    that's EXACTLY WHY it's so freaking HILARIOUS to now hear these same holier than thous,... View More

    — Posted by IMakePansiesCry

    Denial of what, sugar britches? I haven't seen anyone deny anything. Was something wrong at UNC?... View More

    — Posted by ezme22

    the DENIAL is when you POINT your fingers at OTHER schools instead of INWARD, where the REAL... View More

    — Posted by IMakePansiesCry

    I said it earlier sweetness and I'll say it again; UNC was wrong and was punished.I don't know how else to say it. Isn't that ponting a finger inward? Perhaps mooers have another way of professing guilt. I guess UNC could erect statues to Greg Little and Marvin Austin...or maybe elect them into their HOF. Would that work for you? Methinks you simpy don't want the others mentioned as receiving benefits named because you fear where that info will lead. Mooers are the bigest hyocrits on the planet,lol. They want the truth known as long as it only extends into Chapel Hill. I understand. When you've sucked hind teet for as long as the mooers have you'll take comfort any place you can find it. Moo can't compete athletically with the big boys so their pouty little fans want to see the Flagship driven down to moo's level. It's only natural to hate what you envy. I get it. But don't call for full disclosure unless you're willing to welcome it. I'm willing...sounds like the mooers want anything but. Tell you what precious, run out and shop for Dorn another pair of ear rings. That'll help get rid of some of that pent up frustration you have and make him feel pretty as well. It's a win-win for yu. I KNOW that's not something mooers are used to.

  • 903 sing Terry Watson sing Oct 9, 10:16 a.m.

    The only place this situation has a life is right here on this forum. There are some salient... View More

    — Posted by wbturnage

    Great post. However, don't think people just choose to hate UNC for no reason. Of all schools to get busted for all this stuff, it just happened to be the one that goes out of their way to brag about how clean they are (Carolina Way ring a bell?) and every UNC fan I've ever known used to rub this in the face of every fan of every other school in the area until all this happened... Now the tune has changed to, well so what - everyone does it...even your school and you know it...

  • IMakePansiesCry Oct 9, 10:00 a.m.

    From my perspective, the quickest way to end the situation would be to admit it, take the... View More

    Agree wholeheartedly with your first sentence... however, the last sentence is EXACTLY WHAT will keep the pansy administration from doing just that (admit it).

    you can't rightly expect a body of folks withOUT integrity, to somehow magically show integrity.

    :)

  • QC Oct 9, 9:46 a.m.

    Winners never cheat!!!

    — Posted by Dr.Phil

    You may wish to check in with 'Bama on that.

  • Rip Rock Oct 9, 9:42 a.m.

    "Child Please"....what a scumbag

  • wbturnage Oct 9, 9:39 a.m.

    The only place this situation has a life is right here on this forum. There are some salient points that could be intelligently discussed. However they won't be because the haters are too happy that UNC got caught and WRAL is going to milk this thing to the nth degree by releasing the indictments one at a time to keep the smoke rising as long as possible. The proof is all there. Certain athletes were improperly compensated and it appears, at least in the context of the reports, that the university was probably aware of it. From my perspective, the quickest way to end the situation would be to admit it, take the punishment, ensure it doesn't happen again, and move on. That process shows integrity, and then it makes the ABC'ers look petty trying to keep it alive. As a UNC fan, I am truly embarrassed for my team and the university. But I refuse to stoop to the level of some of the posters on here. Cash, shoes, jewelry, it's all the same. And the haters that seem so happy here know deep down that their sacred university is probably guilty of the same thing at some level. It's a small person that revels in the misfortune of others. I am ready to see the university admit the charges, make amends, and move on. Then maybe WRAL and the haters here can find another cause to champion.

  • IMakePansiesCry Oct 9, 9:33 a.m.

    Other schools have issues but DO NOT claim and have never claimed such perfection.

    ^^^that.

    that's EXACTLY WHY it's so freaking HILARIOUS to now hear these same holier than thous,... View More

    — Posted by IMakePansiesCry

    Denial of what, sugar britches? I haven't seen anyone deny anything. Was something wrong at UNC?... View More

    — Posted by ezme22

    the DENIAL is when you POINT your fingers at OTHER schools instead of INWARD, where the REAL problem lies, pansyboy.

    instead, you reach back 20+ YEARS, in a failed attempt to make yourself somehow feel better about being associated with such a BLATANT CHEATER... at least State achieved MORE than mediocrity with their bending of the rules.. the pansies won SQUAT with their overt and embarrassing CHEATING.

    #RealityIsClearlyAToughPillForYouToSwallow

    #ATallGlassOfWaterShouldSuffice

    :)

  • ezme22 Oct 9, 9:11 a.m.

    Other schools have issues but DO NOT claim and have never claimed such perfection.

    ^^^that.

    that's EXACTLY WHY it's so freaking HILARIOUS to now hear these same holier than thous,... View More

    — Posted by IMakePansiesCry

    Denial of what, sugar britches? I haven't seen anyone deny anything. Was something wrong at UNC? Of course. Was the ahtletic program put under a microscope and eventually punished? Yes. Now let's fully open that can of worms and see where they crawl. I have a feeling some of those worms will crawl straight to the brickpile.
    Why? Because moo is famous for it's cheating. In fact, only one UNC system school has ever been slapped with LOIC. That same institution placed the man who orchestrated the mass corruption that led to the finding of LOIC into it's initial HOF class. They're PROUD of their misdeeds, eh? So don't get your panties in a wad because some of us want to know the truth. Who knows, you mooers may wind up with another HOF'er...

  • IMakePansiesCry Oct 9, 8:47 a.m.

    Other schools have issues but DO NOT claim and have never claimed such perfection.

    ^^^that.

    that's EXACTLY WHY it's so freaking HILARIOUS to now hear these same holier than thous, in such deep and desperate DENIAL...

    #ILoveIt

    :)

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