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Former Michigan Player Testifies

August 9, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ Former Michigan basketball player Louis Bullock testified Wednesday before a grand jury investigating gambling charges against a banned booster.

Booster Ed Martin, a former Detroit electrician, is accused of operating a numbers betting pool from the auto plant where he worked for 33 years.

Martin also has been a key figure in a long investigation of possible NCAA rules violations by Michigan’s basketball program. Federal agents and the Internal Revenue Service are trying to determine if Martin gave money and gifts to Michigan players.

Bullock is one of several former players linked to Martin. Sources have told The Ann Arbor News that while in college, Bullock accepted more than $50,000 in loans from him.

His lawyer, Steven Fishman, said Bullock received loans from Martin, but would not say how much. Fishman was with Bullock in federal court Wednesday.

``He answered all the questions and he answered them truthfully,″ Fishman said.

Bullock, a point guard, was recruited by coach Steve Fisher, but played his last two years under current coach Brian Ellerbe. Bullock played professional basketball in Europe this year.

Chris Webber, the ex-Michigan star now with the Sacramento Kings, appeared before the grand jury last week. Another ex-Wolverine, Robert Traylor, testified earlier this summer.

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