Five SEC athletes, including former Alabama football player D.J. Fluker, were implicated for receiving extra benefits while still in college, according to a Yahoo! Sports report that was published on Wednesday. The report was based off of financial records and an analysis of text messages sent by former Alabama player Luther Davis. Agents reportedly gave Fluker and the other athletes benefits like cash, hotel stays, furniture and flights.
The other players that are implicated are Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch, and Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis.
If the NCAA finds the allegations to be true, Alabama could be forced to vacate wins in games in which Fluker played. Fluker is now in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.
“We have been aware of some of the allegations in today’s story and our compliance department was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published,” Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement. “Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so.”
After his eligibility at Alabama was up in January, Fluker tweeted: “Yea I took $ n college so wat. I did wat i had to do. Agents was tryin to pimp me so I pimped them. Cast da 1st stone.” The tweet was quickly removed and the account was deleted, the Montgomery Adviser reported.
“We’ve done a lot investigating about a lot of things,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban. “Every time someone writes something about our program, we investigate it and do the best we can. There’s nobody in this organization who doesn’t want to do anything that’s not above board. That’s not what our program is built on.”
He didn’t read the Yahoo! report because he was at practice.
“I’ll say from the administrative standpoint, from the compliance standpoint, we have people here who do a fantastic job,” Saban said. “I know we have one of the best agent education programs in terms of what we do to help our players make good decisions and choices about what they do and what they don’t do when it comes to agents. And I have full confidence in our leadership that we’ll do whatever we need to do to handle the situation appropriately and I know we will.”