Former Alabama football player D.J. Fluker received money and other benefits from an agent while playing for the Crimson Tide, according to a report by Yahoo Sports. The report cites phone and text messages between sports agent Andy Simms and former Alabama lineman Luther Davis. The report says Davis was acting as a middleman for at least one Alabama player and the agent. Davis received money from Simms, according to the story, in return for directing players Fluker and Mark Barron to the agency. The report cites messages that have Davis arranging for Fluker to be paid. Earlier this year, Fluker tweeted that he was paid by an agent, but claimed his account had been hacked.
As for Barron, the story claims the former defensive back was in touch with Davis over money. Barron may have owed the agent some $8,000.
Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle issued the following statement:
"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."
Accepting money from agents violates NCAA rules, and could potentially result in forfeiting all wins in which Fluker played. Fluker helped Alabama win the last two national championships.