Ex-agent pleads guilty in multi-year UNC sports agent probe

NFL agent Terry Watson listens at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C., Monday, April 17, 2017. Watson faces numerous felony counts related to the football scandal at the University of North Carolina. Thirteen of the charges are for athlete-agent inducement related to gifts provided to former UNC football players Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn and Greg Little. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him.

Terry Watson entered his plea Monday afternoon in a deal to resolve 3 +-year-old felony charges. Watson received 30 months of probation and a $5,000 fine, while Judge Graham Shirley issued a suspended jail sentence of six to eight months.

Watson pleaded guilty to the 13 counts of athlete-agent inducement for providing roughly $24,000 in cash and travel accommodations to eventual NFL players Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and Greg Little. A felony obstruction of justice charge for not providing records sought by authorities was dismissed as part of the deal.

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