Two new indictments in UNC football scandal


Michael Wayne Johnson, Jr. and Willie James Barley Jr., (L-R)

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Two more people have been indicted in the scandal alleging improper benefits for UNC football players.

According to WTVD, an indictment was unsealed Wednesday against Michael Wayne Johnson, Jr. charging him with athlete agent inducement.

A second indictment charges Willie James Barley Jr., of Chesterfield, Virginia, with athlete agent inducement.

Investigators allege the men gave improper benefits to former UNC players to encourage them to sign with Georgia-based sports agent Terry Watson when they later turned pro.

North Carolina law requires agents to register with the Secretary of State’s office and prohibits offering gifts to entice athletes to sign representation contracts.

Watson is also charged with 13 counts of athlete-agent inducement and one count of obstruction of justice.

The indictment alleges Johnson helped funnel a total of $5,200 to former UNC player Greg Little from Watson. Johnson was the starting quarterback at NCCU at the time.

According to an arrest warrant, former UNC player Marvin Austin told investigators Barley helped him get a payment of $2,000 in cash from Watson. The money was delivered in a FedEx package to Austin’s Chapel Hill apartment under a bogus name.

WTVD reported that Patrick Mitchell Jones of Cartersville, Ga. is also charged in this case. He is accused of trying to get UNC defensive end Robert Quinn to sign with Watson.

The first person indicted in the case is former UNC tutor Jennifer Lauren Thompson (now married and the former Jennifer Wiley).

She was also charged with athlete-agent inducement. The indictment against Thompson says in May 2010, she attempted to get former player Greg Little to sign with Watson.

It was reported that Austin, Little and Quinn were kicked off the UNC football team after an NCAA investigation found they had accepted thousands of dollars in trips and gifts from agents. The same investigation said Thompson helped them write papers – violating the honor code.

Due to football program investigations, 13 players sat out the 2010 season opener against LSU, with six players sitting out the entire season. Three of those were either dismissed from the team or declared “permanently ineligible” by the NCAA.

Read more: WTVD

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