Parking tickets lead NC State to bar Eric Leak from campus

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 23, 2013 

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Eric Leak played wide reciver for N.C. State from 1997 to 2000.

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— N.C. State has barred Eric Leak from campus property after the most recent incident between the former football player and the school.

The university sent Leak a “no trespass” letter Fridayafter a vehicle registered to his wife, Emily, received two parking tickets on campus this year.

The school previously disassociated itself from Leak, who provided former Wolfpack men’s basketball players C.J. Leslie and Tracy Smith with impermissible benefits before the 2010-11 season.

N.C. State also previously asked the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office to investigate whether Leak violated the Uniform Athlete Agent Act during September 2012 when he had contact with former N.C. State football player David Amerson.

On Wednesday, Eric Leak, a receiver for N.C. State from 1997 to 2000, called the previous letter from the university, sent during November 2011, a “public humiliation” and said he hasn’t been on campus since.

“I can’t do any more than I have done to stay away,” said Leak. “I just want this to be over.”

Leak, 36, said he wasn’t driving the car when the parking violations were issued. The parking violations, discovered after a public records request by USA Today, were issued April8 and May13, according to N.C. State.

Leak also said Wednesday he had talked with the Secretary of State’s office about his relationships with Amerson and Leslie.

This month, the Secretary of State’s office charged Georgia-based agent Terry Watson and former tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson in connection with the their roles in the University of North Carolina football scandal from 2010.

Leak said he’s not concerned about any legal ramifications for his actions with Leslie and Amerson.

“I’ve never made a dime off of either C.J. or Dave,” Leak said.

Leak, who lives in Raleigh, said he runs two companies: Hot Shot Sports management and E Squared Community Services. E Squared works in conjunction with the state department of mental health and provides psychological services and outpatient therapy.

Leak said Hot Shot provides day-to-day services for professional athletes. He said his management company acts like a “life coach,” to athletes, helping them move, making sure their rent is paid and helping them buy clothes.

“E Squared is how I make my living,” Leak said. “Hot Shot is just a hobby.”

Leslie was suspended three games at the start of the 2010-11 season for taking what the NCAA valued at $410 in impermissible benefits from Leak. The NCAA also found Leak provided $1,349 in benefits to Smith. Leak has said he loaned Leslie the use of a car and he paid Smith’s rent.

Amerson, a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins this year, signed with J.T. Johnson of Atlas Sports Agency. Leslie, who signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the New York Knicks during June, signed with Aaron Mintz of Creative Artists Agency.

Leak said he doesn’t work for Thompson, Mintz or any agent.

Leak said he has four clients and none is a former N.C. State athlete. He said the notion that he is a “runner” for an agent, is “crazy.”

“I don’t work for an agent and I don’t run any kids to an agent,” Leak said. “If was a runner, I would take all my clients to one agent. I work with four different agents.”

Brad Bohlander, a spokesman for the university, said Wednesday that N.C. State “has actively distanced N.C. State athletics and student athletes from Eric and Emily Leak.”

Eric Leak would be subject to criminal charges for violating the terms of the “no trespass” letter, which was issued by the campus police.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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