Agent Sentenced for Role in Florida State Shopping Spree
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The criminal investigation into a $6,000 buying spree at a Foot Locker store by Florida State football players has closed with an unregistered sports agent sentenced to a year in jail.
``This was the last thing to be done,″ prosecutor Neill Wade said Monday after Circuit Judge Ralph Smith sentenced Raul Bey.
Bey financed the buying frenzy by Florida State football players in November 1993, the year Florida State won the national championship.
Sports Illustrated broke the story half a year later.
University officials investigated and suspended five players, including All-America linebacker Derrick Brooks, for at least two games in the 1994 season for accepting shoes, clothing and other gifts in violation of NCAA rules.
Three months ago, the NCAA put the Florida State football program on one year’s probation for failing to properly monitor agents on campus. The university is appealing that decision.
In addition to the university’s internal investigation and the NCAA case, law enforcement agencies conducted an investigation into agents violating the state law that requires sports agents to register with the state.
The charge is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
In early 1995, Bey pleaded no contest to one count.
In addition to his jail sentence, Smith ordered Bey to reimburse Florida State the $10,000 it spent on investigation allegations and to pay a $2,000 fine.
Bey’s sentence will be suspended until later this year while he faces unrelated charges in California.
Paul Williams, Nate Cebrun and Dallas agent Steve Endicott pleaded no contest to charges against them. Williams and Cebrun were sentenced to 30 days in jail. Endicott was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.