Alabama football player DJ Fluker, an offensive lineman on last year’s SEC and national championship team, accepted benefits from an agent while in school, according to a bombshell report based on documents and texts. The entire report from Yahoo Sports, implicated five players from the powerful Southeastern Conference.
The Yahoo story begins with a damning opening, “Five Southeastern Conference football stars violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers, a Yahoo Sports investigation has found.”
The documents provide a glimpse into how the cutthroat world of agents operate—attempting to woo superstar college players like Alabama’s DJ Fluker. It is no secret that many football coaches worry about the influence of these types of individuals on college football players. Saban famously called some agents pimps.
The report links former Alabama football player DJ Fluker with another former Alabama player Luther Davis. According to the Yahoo allegations, DJ Fluker was paid cash and given other benefits including hotel stays, flights and more from Davis. The report alleges Davis was working as a runner for agents.
According to the report, “Yahoo Sports also found that three NFL agents and three financial advisers engaged Davis in transactions totaling $45,550. The three agents were Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips. The financial advisers were Jason Jernigan, Mike Rowan and Hodge Brahmbhatt. Simms, Schaffer, Phillips and Rowan each confirmed giving money to Davis – but each said they had no knowledge of, and did not instruct Davis to provide benefits to players. Jernigan declined comment. Brahmbhatt declined comment through his attorney. Another agent who was listed on a travel itinerary in Davis’ records, Isaac Conner, said Davis was a point of contact to reach multiple SEC players but denied any knowledge of Davis’ financial dealings.”
Alabama football coach Nick Saban speaks to the media this afternoon. Look for an update if Saban or the university issues a statement about the DJ Fluker allegations.