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Agent linked to SEC agent scandal: I find the report to be erroneous

Alabama offensive linemen Fluker and Kouandjio celebrate after defeating the Georgia during the NCAA SEC college football championship in Atlanta. Reuters

Perhaps not so surprisingly, those tied to a story about SEC players accepting impermissible benefits has stirred a bit of controversy. Nobody wants to be tied to controversy of course, so it is also not a surprise those indicted in the report are either not focusing on the story right now or coming out and telling a different side of the story.

John Phillips is one of the agents reported to have been connected to former Alabama player Luther Davis, who allegedly served as a middleman between agents and a handful of college football players around the SEC. Phillips has a bit of a sketchy background, having admitted to editing a video of Gus Malzahn‘s wife in 2011. Phillips has stated his quotes used in the story were taken out of context. He also released a statement suggesting the information in the report is “erroneous and out of context.”

The following statement was first shared by AL.com.

I have cooperated and will continue to cooperate with those wanting information about any former relationship with Luther Davis to my days, largely back in 2009, as an NFL Contract Advisor.  I will not be commenting to media until any such investigation concludes so as not to interfere with any such investigation.  I spoke to Alabama in May about some of these issues and continue to.  I have also presented some of it to the NFLPA. 
 
I find the report to be erroneous and out of context.  The writer of the story chose not return my call from September 10, choosing to go to press without getting further comment from me.  We live in an age of reckless reporting and media wanting to put justice or facts aside for a quick, hasty story.  It’s unfortunate. 
 
Luther and I worked on a book in which I interviewed 14 former members of Alabama football teams about a host of issues.  That book is in the editing process, as I have over 60 hours of recordings and books of notes.  It truly changed the way I think about amateur athletics.  My office has also issued cash or checks to Javier Arenas, Baron Huber, Cory Reamer, Brandon Deaderick, Brian Selman, Leigh Tiffin, Terry Grant, Michael Johnson, Preston Dial, Eryk Anders and others- all post eligibility.
 
DJ Fluker has never, in any way, been compensated by me.  I am no longer a NFL Agent.  I have not had a player signed to a NFL contract in years.  Seeing chaplains asking for money, assistant coaches asking for money through representatives, and the like, quickly ruined any delusions I had that there was room for me in the business.
 
I have no further comment.  Please respect that and know I am and will do everything I can to cooperate with any investigation.
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9 Responses to “Agent linked to SEC agent scandal: I find the report to be erroneous”
  1. hor2012 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    uh oh Bama, looks like you may be next on the NCAA hit list

  2. overratedgators says: Sep 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    “those tied to a story about SEC players accepting impermissible benefits has stirred a bit of controversy”

    They statement made denies allegation good like.

  3. vols84 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    If the NCAA did nothing to Johnny football, then nothing is going to happen here.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2013 8:23 PM

    Bring on any fair and impartial investigation. If any have done anything improper, in violation of the state or federal law or the huge NCAA book of rules and regulations, then reveal it. Trial by rumor an innuendo is not fair, but a proper investigation is needed and welcomed.

  5. Deb says: Sep 12, 2013 8:57 PM

    As southernpatriots said, let the NCAA investigate the allegations and proceed accordingly. As with SI’s five-part (still blows my mind) series about alleged improprieties from a decade ago at OSU, right now this is media-driven. It’s unfortunate that media outlets time their exposés to distract from actual football, but that seems to be their current function. If there’s meat to it, the NCAA can pursue it.

  6. sillec28 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:27 PM

    “I find the report to be erroneous and out of context?”

    How can the entire report be out of context?

  7. Walk says: Sep 13, 2013 9:59 AM

    Looks like he is saying he is writing a book. In the course of writing that book he talked to former players and paid them after they had left school. The book looks like it might be a tell all type but he is saying he is not part of it and quit being a contract advisor after he saw the sordid side of the field. The players named in connection to him appear to be legitimate sources paid after they had left school but may still provide further information and corroborate dealings he had witnessed such as the chaplain and assistant coaches looking for handouts. By not speaking to him and returning his call he and the former athletes he used as sources and their former schools are being dragged into this mess.

  8. classyjacklambert says: Sep 13, 2013 11:15 AM

    Erroneous and false are not synonymous. I find it very telling how this guy chooses his words.

  9. dannygjay says: Sep 13, 2013 2:39 PM

    He has been speaking to Alabama since may. It sounds like Alabama has been investigating this for awhile. if he told Alabama the same thing he said here, there was, there was norhing to report. Still looks good that they were checking. it shows they didn’t already know

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