Former Alabama DL Luther Davis Allegedly Provided Illegal Benefits to College Players, Including D.J. Fluker
A Yahoo Sports report released on Wednesday documents impermissible benefits given to five Southeastern Conference players, including former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker. The benefits were allegedly provided by sports agents through Luther Davis, who played at Alabama from 2007-2010.
From the Yahoo Sports report:
All told, the records show agents and financial advisers moved at least $45,550 to Davis between September 2011 and December 2012. During that same timeframe, records also show at least $12,700 in cash, airfare, living expenses or other receipts moving from Davis to the five players. In addition to that amount, Yahoo Sports also obtained a line-item invoice of 49 transactions from February 2013 that Davis emailed to Fluker's onetime financial adviser Hodge Brahmbhatt. Within the email, Davis listed $33,755 in expenditures under the subject line "D.J. Fluker Invoice."
The report is very detailed and includes text message provided by Davis. Conversations are documented between agents, financial advisers, and Fluker. If the allegations are true, they would make the mammoth offensive tackle ineligble, which could potentially affect the 2012 season.
Here's a summary of what's alleged against Fluker:
Yahoo Sports authenticated multiple transactions tying Fluker to Davis and others, including cash transfers, hotel stays, furniture, airline flights and other expenses. The records also included a pair of invoices – one submitted to Davis by the mother of an Alabama teammate for monies that had been spent on Fluker's mother, Annice; another sent from Davis to Fluker's onetime financial adviser Hodge Brahmbhatt.
It's almost dizzying trying to keep up with the different amounts and benefits provided, but the $33,755 "D.J. Fluker Invoice" that Davis to Brahmbhatt raises the biggest red flag.
This story adds to a tweet sent out from Fluker's account a couple of days before the NFL Draft in April that said, ""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 first stone."
The other players implicated in the Yahoo Sports report are University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State University defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle released the following statement Wednesday evening:
“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. Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so."