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"Runner' Cebrun arrested again

Published Apr. 26, 2000|Updated Sep. 27, 2005

Nate Cebrun, jailed in '93 FSU spree, is charged in Chris Porter-payment saga.

Nate Cebrun, who served 30 days in jail because of his involvement in the free shopping spree at Foot Locker by Florida State football players in 1993, was one of two men arrested Tuesday on fugitive warrants for illegally providing $2,500 to former Auburn basketball player Chris Porter.

Cebrun, who reached a plea-bargain agreement in the FSU case after being charged with failing to register as a sports agent in Florida, and sports agent Robert J. Walsh were arrested by Las Vegas police and federal agents and charged with violation Alabama's sports agent law.

The law prohibits agents from providing money or making improper contact with college athletes.

In 1994, Cebrun was sentenced to the jail time and fined $2,000. He pleaded no contest to a third-degree felony, was placed on 18 months' probation and ordered to pay $255 in court costs.

Cebrun's actions first were disclosed in Sports Illustrated, which reported in May 1994 that he and Raul Bey, both of Las Vegas, and Paul Williams of Tallahassee took Florida State players on a $6,000 shopping spree in the middle of their first national championship season and provided cash and other gifts.

The current arrests came after a grand jury in Lee County returned indictments.

Porter said the money was to help his mother financially and that he didn't know it was from an agent. But the arrests Monday came on charges accusing Walsh and Cebrun, a self-described middleman for agents, of being involved in the deal.

Walsh, 39, was arrested during a traffic stop and Cebrun, 54, was arrested at his apartment, where he was hiding in a bathroom, police said. Both were released on their own recognizance.

Tank Black trial delayed

GAINESVILLE _ A judge has granted a delay for the fraud trial of indicted sports agent Tank Black. Jury selection has been rescheduled for June 5.

That gives both sides 34 more days to prepare for the criminal case, in which Black and four associates are accused of scamming former clients out of millions of dollars.

The attorney for co-defendant Lisa Adams asked for the delay. Black's new attorney, Joseph Beeler, didn't object.

Black faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted on all counts.

Meanwhile, the attorney defending Black in a separate civil suit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission file the required and expected answers to the complaints brought against Black. The SEC also alleges Black swindled clients and is attempting to recover the money that belongs to the clients.

"I think it's fair to say that all the substantative allegations of wrongdoing have been denied," Atlanta-based attorney Michael Wolensky said Tuesday.

Black had to respond to every allegation, even one as seemingly innocuous as his age. He said he's not 42.

"It's not humorous," Wolensky said. "The SEC has made certain allegations and we're required to admit them or deny them _ whether they got your age wrong or address wrong, it's a formal legal document. It's not John Rocker shooting his mouth off."

The next step in the civil suit, Wolensky said, is for the parties to meet and discuss the remaining pre-trial matters, such as discovery and what witnesses will be deposed.

Ohio State guard turns pro

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Ohio State's Michael Redd is not among those who doubt his ability to make it in the NBA.

Disdaining a chance to become the Buckeyes' career scoring leader, Redd said Tuesday that he would skip his senior season and make himself eligible for the NBA draft in June.

Redd, who averaged 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, said he reached his decision three weeks ago.

"No doubts," the 6-foot-6 Redd said. "Totally confident. If I had any doubts I'd stay, plain and simple."

MORE BASKETBALL: Duke and Temple lead the 16-team field for the 2000 Preseason NIT, which also includes Texas and Indiana. John Toombs, a 6-foot-9 forward, signed a letter-of-intent to play at Georgia.

FOOTBALL: Heisman Trophy winners Marcus Allen and Johnny Rodgers joined John Elway, Dan Dierdorf and 10 other former players in the latest class of inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame. Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue and former Iowa coach Forest Evashevski were also honored at a news conference in South Bend, Ind. The WAC signed agreements that will give the league guaranteed berths to the Mobile Alabama Bowl, the Silicon Valley Classic and the Humanitarian Bowl, commissioner Karl Benson said.

SOFTBALL: Stephanie Strickland and Jessica Hunsinger of Seminole have signed softball scholarships. Strickland will attend South Florida; Hunsinger will attend Manatee Community College.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Miami signed EdMarie Lumbsly, a 6-foot-7 center from Kingston, Jamaica.

MORE BASKETBALL: The Miami women signed EdMarie Lumbsly, a 6-foot-7 center from Kingston, Jamaica.

BASEBALL: Host Stetson used a six-run fifth inning to blow open a tight game and beat South Florida 11-6, ending the Bulls' season-high four-game winning streak.

SOCCER: The NCAA reprimanded Indiana's Nick Garcia for head-butting a player from Santa Clara during the championship game on Dec. 12.

_ Staff writers Brian Landman, Ernest Hooper and researcher John Martin contributed to this report.


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