Former Penn State basketball player D.J. Newbill named as recipient of loan from FBI-investigated sports agency
D.J. Newbill (2) shown in a game against Duquesne in 2014, led the Big Ten in overall scoring that season.
Former Penn State player D.J. Newbill appears as the recipient of a loan on the payment ledger of a sports agency being investigated by federal authorities, according to documents obtained by Yahoo! Sports. But it’s unclear when the loan was made or whether any NCAA violations occurred.
Among documents from the ASM Sports agency obtained through discovery in the case is a balance sheet dated Dec. 31, 2015 that lists Newbill on a lengthy list of names headed Loan to Players. Across from Newbill’s name is $2,000. On another document which appears to list outstanding loans, Newbill is again listed with the $2,000 amount and the notation Paying back July 2017. It is unclear when the alleged loan was made. Penn State is not mentioned in any of the documentation.
Newbill graduated from Penn State in 2015 after transferring from Southern Mississippi in 2012. He attended Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. Since departing PSU, he has played pro basketball overseas in France, Belgium and Turkey, and most recently in New Zealand.
When I asked Penn State coach Patrick Chambers this morning if he knew anything about the alleged loan or has had any contact with or connection to ASM Sports agents, this was his response:
“We take the information very seriously. As of right now, the university needs time to look into that story. Until we know more, I’m not going to comment further on that.”
Attempts to reach Newbill on Friday morning were unsuccessful. The combo guard was one of Penn State’s most decorated and beloved players. Amid an otherwise barren period during the early years of Chambers’ 7-season tenure, he was a bright spot, leading the Big Ten in all-games scoring (20.7) in 2014-15.
If it’s determined Newbill took any loan from an agency while he attended PSU, the basketball program could be liable for minor NCAA sanctions. If it’s determined any PSU personnel was involved in arranging the loan, the sanctions could be more severe.
At least 20 Division I basketball programs and 25 players are mentioned in the documents, several connected to loans or payments in the 5-figure range. Among those linked by documents to the agency are Michigan State forward Miles Bridges and former Maryland center Diamond Stone.
The NCAA has had limited involvement in a case being run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is ongoing.
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