Former USC football player Lonnie White has admitted to accepting $14,000 in illegal payments during his four years at the school in the 1980s.
White, who worked as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Times from 1987 to 2008, made the confession Wednesday in a first-person story for the Daily, saying most of the money came from selling the four season tickets provided to every scholarship player. Those tickets are not to be sold.
"To this day, it's something I'm ashamed about," White wrote. "Rent was overdue, and my household bills were delinquent. I needed the money to live. So accepting the $14,000 in different forms of 'benefits' over my college years three decades ago was an act of survival."
White declined comment to The Times when asked about the admission. USC also declined to comment.
During his career at the newspaper, White covered the Clippers, Kings, UCLA football and high schools and was a general-assignment reporter.