Somewhere the Irishman is smiling.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - Another person has been charged with violating North Carolina sports agents law for providing $725 to former Tar Heels football player Robert Quinn.
Patrick Mitchell Jones, 39, real estate agent from Cartersville, Ga., made his first court appearance Monday and was released on $20,000 secured bond. In an unsealed indictment, a grand jury indicted Jones with one count of athlete-agent inducement for providing money in May 2010 through a woman identified as Constance Orr to entice Quinn to sign with agent Terry Watson.
Jones - described as Watson's friend in a search warrant unsealed last month - is the third person charged in the case with violating the state's agent law.
Watson, based in Marietta, Ga., has been charged with 13 counts of providing nearly $24,000 in benefits in 2010 to Quinn, Greg Little and Marvin Austin, three former Tar Heels players currently in the NFL. None of the three played a snap that season, with Quinn - a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2011 - ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits.
Former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson is also charged with four counts connected to providing money from Watson to Little, now with the Cleveland Browns. Austin is currently a defensive tackle with the Miami Dolphins.
Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall has said more indictments are under seal.
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