LSU AD Joe Alleva responds to Yahoo Sports report of player payment

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU athletic director Joe Alleva responded Friday afternoon to a Yahoo Sports report that connected two former LSU basketball players to an agent’s payroll.

Tim Quarterman and Jarell Martin’s names both appeared on a balance sheet from the ASM sports agency, creating a potential NCAA violation.

In a statement released by LSU Communications, Alleva said:

“Today’s media reports are deeply disappointing to all of us who are fans of college basketball. While LSU has not been contacted by federal, league or NCAA officials, we can confirm a proactive and voluntary examination of current coaches and players was conducted by compliance officials and outside legal counsel in the Fall of 2017. That examination found the program in full compliance with NCAA, SEC and University rules and regulations. LSU will continue to monitor basketball and other athletic programs for NCAA and SEC rules compliance.”

Alleva’s statement does nothing to address the compliance of  former LSU coaches and players.

Quarterman attended LSU from 2013-16, while Martin was enrolled from 2013-15. Their coach, Johnny Jones, was fired from LSU last March due to the team’s poor performance on the floor.

The report by Yahoo’s Pat Forde and Pete Thamel reveals that Quarterman received a payment of at least $16,000 during his junior season.

Martin appears on the ledger for a loan of $52,472.72. However, the balance sheet is dated Dec. 31, 2015, by which time Martin was playing in his rookie season for the Memphis Grizzlies. It is unclear when Martin received the alleged payment.

While meeting with an agent is legal under NCAA rules, accepting money and other benefits from them is not. If Quarterman or Martin are found to have accepted money while at LSU, they would be ruled ineligible for that time period, which could force LSU to vacate games it won while fielding an ineligible player.

The duo are among a group of multiple current and former SEC players named in the report, including a trio from Kentucky, Collin Sexton from Alabama, and P.J. Dozier from South Carolina. Players from traditional powers such as Duke, Michigan State and more are also listed.

Martin is still with the Grizzlies, averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his third NBA season.

Quarterman signed with the Portland Trailblazers after going undrafted and played in 16 games last season. The Houston Rockets acquired Quarterman in a trade and then waived him.

Quarterman is currently out of basketball. Shortly after a contract to play in China fell through, he was arrested after ramming a police cruiser in Mississippi. The felony charges were dropped after Quarterman agreed to pay for the damages.

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