Norby Walters, a New York-based agent, told the Atlanta Constitution Thursday that he had made cash payments to several players, including Auburn running back Brent Fullwood, a senior last season, and two prominent juniors, Ohio State receiver Cris Carter and Michigan State halfback Lorenzo White.
Walters also has come under the scrutiny of the National Football League Players Assn., which says two seniors called the union to report that Walters had threatened to "break their legs" for firing him.
Walters denied the charge but did not deny making payments. Players receiving payments from so-called agents before their eligibility runs out are subject to loss of eligibility, according to NCAA rules.
"Part of being a businessman is making investments," he said. "If I were going to invest $500,000 in a McDonald's franchise in downtown Atlanta, would anybody question my investment?"