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Agent Indicted for Paying North Carolina Football Player to Sign

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Another person has been charged with violating North Carolina sports agent law for providing $725 to former Tar Heels football player Robert Quinn.

Patrick Mitchell Jones, 39, real estate agent from Cartersville, Ga., made his first court appearance Monday and was released on $20,000 secured bond. In an unsealed indictment, a grand jury indicted Jones with one count of athlete-agent inducement for providing money in May 2010 through a third party to entice Quinn to sign with Terry Watson.

Watson is charged with providing nearly $24,000 in benefits to Quinn, Greg Little and Marvin Austin, three ex-UNC players in the NFL. Quinn, now with St. Louis, was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA in 2010.

Jones is the third person charged in the case with violating the state’s agent law.

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