NORMAN — A turbulent off-season for the Oklahoma men’s basketball program continues. Two players, Tommy Mason-Griffin and Ray Willis, say on their Facebook pages they’re leaving the team.
And Jeffrey Hausinger, who according to TMZ.com wired $3,000 into the bank account of Tiny Gallon last August, apparently reached out to a second Sooner, guard Willie Warren. At least according to Hausinger’s now-deleted Twitter page. Hausinger, a Merrill Lynch financial advisor out of Tampa, Fla., who also works with professional athletes, made two posts involving Warren. On July 8, 2009, Hausinger tweeted to Warren: "follow me so we can talk. It was great to meet you last week. I look forward to getting to Norman to see you again soon.” That previous week, Warren was at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio. Then on Jan. 15, before OU’s 66-61 win over Missouri, Hausinger tweeted: "In Norman getting set to watch Willie Warren and Keith Gallon take on the MO tigers, Boomer Sooner.” Warren is one of 21 people Hausinger followed on his Twitter page. Warren, however, didn’t return Hausinger’s tweet. Hausinger’s Twitter page — which had been locked since the TMZ.com story broke, but recently was opened up — was deleted Tuesday afternoon. So was Hausinger’s Web page within Merrill Lynch’s site. In its place read: "The ‘TheHausingerGroup’ Financial Advisor URL does not exist in our system. Please search for a different Financial Advisor using our locator tool below.” Efforts to contact Hausinger were unsuccessful Tuesday. Hausinger has not been reached for comment by anyone since March 18, when the TMZ report came out that alleged he wired $3,000 into a bank account shared by Gallon and his mother, Sylvia Wright. When reached during TMZ’s investigation, Hausinger reportedly told the Web site: "I don’t think I want to talk to you.” OU’s only comment on the matter has come from athletic director Joe Castiglione, who issued the following statement last week: "The university is committed to ensuring compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations. Any activity not in compliance is taken seriously and acted upon swiftly.” According to TMZ, Gallon has since hired an attorney. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving compensation, directly or indirectly, from agents, lawyers or financial advisors.
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