Amerson contact with disassociated Leak not NCAA violation
Posted September 20, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State University confirmed Thursday that cornerback David Amerson and disassociated former player Eric Leak made contact earlier this year.
The school said that communication between Leak and Amerson occurred in June.The contact is not an NCAA violation, but it is a violation of the terms of Leak’s disassociation from the program.
“Eric Leak was notified by N.C. State that he is not to have contact with our current and future student-athletes in all sports for any purpose during the period of disassociation,” N.C. State officials said in a statement. “This ban extends to all forms of in-person contact and all known or future methods of communication. It appears that Eric Leak is in violation of this letter."
Leak was sent a disassociation letter by Athletics Director Debbie Yow last November after he was found to have provided impermissible benefits to two Wolfpack basketball players, C.J. Leslie and Tracy Smith. Leslie was suspended three games last season after an NCAA interview found that Leak provided him with $410 worth of benefits.
Leak admitted to providing $1,349 worth of benefits to Smith.
The terms of Leaks disassociation are stated to last 10 years. However, there is no outlined punishment for violating the terms of the agreement.
Darren Heitner, a former agent who started the website SportsAgentBlog.com, said that following Leak's contact with Amerson, Leak was accompanied by Damon McNair and two other individuals in Atlanta to meet with an agent.
"The interesting thing here is there is this agent, who will remain nameless, decided to travel to Atlanta after talking to Amerson’s mother," Heitner said Thursday while joining Adam and Joe on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio. "There has been no indication that Amerson has ever given these individuals authority."
Heitner said that the meeting occurred the same weekend that N.C. State played Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. The timing, however could be coincidence.
"There is nothing that indicates Amerson was involved or even that he knew these guys were orchestrating this meeting," Heitner said.
Leak is not an active agent and told the News & Observer newspaper that his contact was in no way in an attempt to steer Amerson to an agent. Still, the school is covering its bases.
“When we, N.C. State University, know about alleged or actual impermissible athlete-agent activities, we refer such information to the North Carolina Secretary of State Athlete Agent Registration Office,” a statement from the school reads. “Based on the contact made in June of 2012 and in light of the recent article, we are notifying the North Carolina Secretary of State's Athlete Agent Registration Office of this possible violation of the NCUAAA (North Carolina Uniform Athlete Agents Act).”
The Secretary of State’s Office regulates all acting sports agents and requires them to register with the state.
Leak was a wide receiver on the Wolfpack football team from 1997 to 2000. He is banned from leasing football or basketball suites and is not allowed to have any contact with any current or future student-athlete or any employee of the Athletics Department.