University of Oklahoma basketball player Tiny Gallon may have taken thousands of dollars from a well-known agent, according to a popular celebrity gossip Web site.
According to a document obtained by TMZ.com, Gallon, a freshman forward for the Sooners, accepted a $3,000 wire transfer from Merrill Lynch financial advisor Jeffrey Hausinger, who also works with several professional athletes.
The money was deposited into an account held by Gallon and his mother, Sylvia Wright, according to the document obtained by TMZ.com.
“The University of Oklahoma is committed to ensuring compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement to The Oklahoman. “Any activity not in compliance is taken seriously and is acted upon swiftly.”
A team spokesman said that Gallon is still enrolled in school and a member of the team.
Gallon missed the Sooners’ Feb. 13 game at Oklahoma State while serving a one-game suspension for an “internal matter,” the school said.
After that suspension, The Oklahoman submitted a records request to OU’s open records office asking for any correspondence between the school and the NCAA regarding Gallon.
The school responded that no such documentation existed.
Gallon came back and played the rest of the season, finishing the year with an average of 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds a game.
Gallon came to Norman with much fanfare last year. Rivals.com ranked him the No. 9 overall basketball recruit in the nation.