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Former Tide star Fluker alleged to have received improper benefits

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Former Alabama Crimson Tide Star D.J. Fluker is one of five SEC football players alleged to have received improper benefits as college athletes according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

The report says the benefits came from multiple sources, including sports agents. Former Alabama lineman Luther Davis is alleged to have worked as a runner for the agents.

All told, the report alleges the five players received a cumulative total of $45,500. For example, Fluker is said to have received a $1,200 king-size bedroom set, a $6,283 insurance premium on a $3 million policy from Lloyds of London and several airline tickets, including a round-trip to Baltimore in early December of 2012.

"We have been aware of some of the allegations in today's story and our compliance department was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published," said Alabama athletics director Bill Battle in a statement Wednesday evening. "Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so."

The report—and Battles's statement—was released while the Crimson Tide practiced on Wednesday.

"On the article that was written today, I didn't read the article, I just came from practice," said head coach Nick Saban. "I know Bill has already made comment about the story."

Along with "D. Fluker," "E. Stinson" was included on a passenger list for a private flight from Nashville, Tenn., that was scheduled to stop in Starkville, Miss., and Gulf Shores, Ala. Ed Stinson is a senior defensive lineman for the Tide this year.

"I don't know anything about any current players that would have circumstances relative to this," Saban said. "There's no sense in asking about that."

Saban became more and more irritated during his post-practice news conference, at one point emphatically saying, "I made a statement, don't ask me any more questions about this." Saban abruptly ended his session, saying, "Appreciate your interest in the game," as he walked off.

Should the NCAA be able to prove these charges, Fluker would be in violation of bylaw, which says athletes cannot receive benefits from potential agents or marketing representatives. The charges could make Fluker retroactively ineligible for the 2012 season, forcing the Tide to forfeit any wins he participated in, including the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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