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Gary Wichard’s Problems May Get Substantially Worse

At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, Sam Cabrera, a special agent for the North Carolina Secretary of State, obtained a search warrant to reach bank records from Gary Wichard’s Bank of America account located in the state.  A Superior Court Judge issued the warrant, which must be executed by 4:30 p.m. today.

In his Application for Search Warrant, Cabrera notes that when he interviewed former University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football player Marvin Austin in September 2010, Austin stated that he had contacted his former assistant high school coach, Todd Amis, to pay for round trip flights to California to visit NFL player Kentwan Balmer.  Austin also stated that Balmer paid for the hotel and for training expenses at Pro Active Sports.  Later that month, Balmer confirmed the payments and stated that Wichard never paid nor reimbursed Balmer for any of those expenses.  In October 2010, Wichard backed up Austin’s and Balmer’s claims and said that he never provided anything of value to Austin.  He also admitted that he was not currently a registered Athlete Agent in the State of North Carolina.  Last month, Cabrera found out that Wichard has not been registered in North Carolina since December 31, 1998. One must consider that statement separately from the warrant; Wichard has recruited in the state in the past.

Flight payment information for the flights that Austin took to California show that Pro Tect Management, Wichard’s company, paid for changes to Austin’s itinerary.  In December, Amis (the assistant high school coach) admitted to paying for Austin’s flights to California, but said that he was reimbursed by Wichard for at least one of the flights.

It looks like Sam Cabrera is on a mission, and the result of that mission could turn out to be a lot worse for Wichard than the 9 month suspension slap on the wrist that he received from the NFL Players Association in December 2010.  The NFLPA decided to focus on Wichard’s impermissible communication with Austin prior to Austin being eligible for the NFL Draft.  North Carolina will focus on the real activity of concern.  Losing Arrelious Benn and Brandon Jackson pale in comparison to what Wichard stands to lose if he is found guilty of violations of the North Carolina Athlete Agents Act.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

6 replies on “Gary Wichard’s Problems May Get Substantially Worse”

It sounds like they’ve caught Marvin Austin lying as well. Even if Wichard thinks he has his bases covered on other things he claims to have not done, they can probably convince Marvin to talk by holding perjury over his head.

As someone put it on the Wake Forest forums: It appears that Amis is the chimney that Black Santa (John Blake) used to deliver his presents to Marvin. I guess that makes Wichard one of Santa’s elves?

Beyond the agent issues, it will be interesting to see what sort of information comes out of the investigation for the NCAA in their case against UNC. With Blake fired, Marvin gone, Wichard an agent, and Amis a high school coach, they’ve had no way to force any of those folks to tell the truth. The NC SoS office being involved could be a game changer.

Thanks for those splendid analogies. The NCAA will certainly use any available information that comes out of the state of NC investigation if that information mandates a reaction.

I agree that the SoS involvement = game changer. This special agent truly seems to be on a mission.

Balmer is guilty also-former UNC player/Alum paying for Austin hotel and training. Thought ole Butchie said his players were informed every year of the NCAA rules-LOL-Liar! Lied at Miami-Lied at Dallas-Lied at Cleveland-Lying at University of National Corruption-Chapel Hill (aka Cheater Hill).

little did you know at the time how eerily foreshadowing the title of this article would be..

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