UNC: Nicks gave improper benefits worth $3,300

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been accused by his alma mater of giving improper benefits to collegiate football players.

Nicks, who has emerged as a breakout star in his second season with the Giants, was named in a press release distributed by the University of North Carolina on Thursday.

The release claims that Nicks was one of five indivduals who provided "impermissible gifts of cash and jewelry and impermissible assistance with lodging, travel, transportation and entertainment" to UNC football team members."

Nicks was accused of providing $3,300 in benefits.

The release stated that Nicks and the two other former UNC players "thought they were helping out friends and fellow Tar Heels."

The improper benefits given by Nicks and former teammates Mahlon Carey and Omar Brown were discovered as part of what the university called "a fact-finding part of the review."

The release added: "Although the investigation remains ongoing, there is no evidence that links (Nicks or the others) to inappropriate relationships with agents, prospective agents or runners."

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