Attorneys get records in sports agent case

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 05:02 PM

Attorneys for five people charged with violating the state’s sports agent law by giving money and other benefits to former UNC football players received about 40,000 pages of investigative records Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said the attorneys could get as much as 20,000 more pages of evidence early next year.

The files were provided on a computer hard disk and 23 DVDs and CDs.

None of the defendants appeared in court Tuesday.

Woodall said the next hearing is set for April 29. He said that’s not a trial date, but will be used to schedule the cases for trial.

Georgia-based sports agent Terry Watson, Georgia real estate agent Patrick Jones and former UNC academic tutor Jennifer Thompson are charged with violating the North Carolina Uniform Athlete Agents Act, which prohibits giving money to college athletes.

Also charged are Watson employee Willie Barley and former N.C. Central University and Hillside High School quarterback Michael Johnson.

Woodall said this is the first case nationally in which people have been accused criminally of breaking state laws related to sports agents.