As Alabama draws closer to the biggest game of the year against Texas A&M on Saturday, a major distraction has emerged that could take the attention away from the game.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, and four other former SEC players, accepted impermissible benefits during his time at the university. Fluker, a winner of two national titles at Alabama, has been linked to former Alabama defensive lineman Luther Davis, an alleged runner for sports agents, who played for the Crimson Tide from 2007 to 2010.
The report claims – with documentation through Davis’ financial records and text message conversations – that Fluker accepted money orders, flights on private jets, paid expenses, a king-sized bed set and other benefits.
Current Alabama senior defensive lineman Ed Stinson is named in the Yahoo report but was not implicated in any wrongdoing.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle released a statement today saying that the department is looking into the situation.
“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,” the release from Battle said. “Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so.”