Maurkice Pouncey denies he took money

Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:38 a.m.

Former Florida Gator Maurkice Pouncey on Wednesday denied he took money from a sports agent’s representative while still at UF.

“I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim,” Maurkice Pouncey said in a statement sent exclusively to The Gainesville Sun on Wednesday morning through Pouncey's Gainesville attorney.

“I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me.”

Florida, the University Police Department and the NCAA are investigating allegations that a sports agent’s representative paid Pouncey $100,000 before last season ended.

Pouncey’s attorney, M. Stephen Stanfield, sent the prepared statement to The Sun without taking questions.

The investigation stems from an anonymous tip UF officials received in June alleging that someone on behalf of an unnamed agent paid Pouncey the money sometime between the SEC Championship Game and the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.

“We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and the SEC,” UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement released Monday. “At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”

Pouncey was selected 18th overall in this year’s NFL Draft. His brother, Mike, will be a senior offensive lineman with the Gators this upcoming season. Mike Pouncey and Florida coach Urban Meyer are expected to comment on the matter today at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

Pouncey’s agent is Joel Segal, but the allegation is not necessarily tied to him.

If the allegation is proven true, Pouncey could be ruled ineligible for the Sugar Bowl game and Florida might have to vacate the victory among other potential penalties.

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