BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One of Alabama's biggest football games of the season is three days away, but news that former Tide offensive tackle D.J. Fluker may have taken money from agents is providing a big distraction.
Fluker helped Alabama win the National Championship last season but a report from Yahoo! Sports cites text messages that have former Tide defensive end Luther Davis arranging for Fluker to be paid.
A few months ago Fluker Tweeted that he was indeed paid by an agent but later claimed that his account had been hacked.
Bill Battle, Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama, released the following statement on this 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. 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 an agent while in college is in violation of NCAA rules and could result in a team forfeiting every win in which Fluker played.