Leak admits contacting Pack's Amerson, but not about finding an agent

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 21, 2012 

— By his own admission, Eric Leak has broken the terms of the disassociation letter N.C. State sent him in November after Leak provided impermissible benefits to two Wolfpack basketball players.

Leak, a former N.C. State football player, said Thursday that he has talked with N.C. State cornerback David Amerson but denied a report on an agent blog that claimed he was working on Amerson’s behalf to find Amerson an agent.

“Absolutely not true, 1 million percent, no way,” Leak said about his involvement with Amerson.

Leak, 35, played receiver for the Wolfpack from 1997-2000. He runs E Squared Community Services out of Dunn, which works in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Mental Health and provides psychological services and outpatient therapy.

Leak said in November, and reiterated Thursday, that he is not an agent and does not work for one. He said he has had casual conversations with Amerson, who is considered a first-round NFL prospect, but nothing more than “good game” small talk, he said.

Still, that represents a violation of the terms of the disassociation letter N.C. State sent to Leak on Nov. 23 after the NCAA found he provided C.J. Leslie and Tracy Smith with impermissible benefits. Leslie, a top NBA prospect, was suspended three games last season for accepting $410 worth of benefits from Leak.

In the letter, Leak is prohibited from “any contact” with student-athletes "for any purpose during the period of disassociation," which is 10 years.

There is no NCAA recourse for N.C. State for Leak breaking the terms of the disassociation letter.

Under NCAA rules, Amerson is allowed to talk with agents but he’s not allowed to accept any money or gifts. Amerson talking to Leak does not represent an NCAA violation.

The Sports Agent Blog also reported that, according to an anonymous agent, Amerson’s mother, Tawanna Taylor, had “directed” all agents to deal with Leak.

Leak said he has never talked to Amerson’s mother.

"I don’t even know her name," Leak said.

Taylor said the blog report was "not true."

"We are doing everything by the book,” Taylor said Thursday.

Taylor said the school warned her and Amerson about any interaction with Leak, due to the disassociation letter.

Taylor said she has referred all calls from prospective agents about her son to an advisory panel set up by N.C. State.

“I don’t want David wrapped up in any of the hoopla off the field,” Taylor said. “That’s why they have the panel.”

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said the school created the professional sports agent panel earlier this year and it includes an attorney, a financial expert, former N.C. State and NFL cornerback Dwayne Washington and Carrie Doyle, the school’s head of compliance.

“They offer advice and counsel and this group won’t make any money off of the kids,” Yow said.

Before Saturday’s home opener against South Alabama, about 20 players and their parents met with the panel about the agent process, Yow said.

Coach Tom O’Brien said Thursday there have been “multiple meetings” with the players, including Amerson, about the potential problems involved with agents.

O’Brien said he was confident in Amerson’s ability to handle the agents and Leak.

“Absolutely, don’t have any question about it at all,” O’Brien said.

The allegations in the blog report caught Leak by surprise. He said he attended N.C. State’s opener with Tennessee in Atlanta and knows the marketing agent, Damon McNair, named in the story but that was the extent of his involvement.

“No way, shape, form or fashion am I an agent,” Leak said.

Leak said he has had no communication with any N.C. State officials since receiving the disassociation letter. His company had rented a suite at Carter-Finley Stadium for the previous three football seasons but under the terms of the disassociation, he’s not allowed to any more.

Leak said N.C. State refunded his payment for a suite at PNC Arena for the 2011-12 basketball season after the school sent him the letter.

Leak is allowed to buy tickets, but he’s not allowed to purchase season tickets or join the Wolfpack Club.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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