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Local lawyer tied to NCAA football scandal

11:23 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Yahoo! Sports investigation connects Jacksonville attorney John Phillips to a scandal involving Alabama All-American tackle D.J. Fluker 

Fluker allegedly violated NCAA rules by taking money and benefits while still attending college.

Yahoo! Sports alleges former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who played at the University of Alabama from 2007 to 2010, funneled more than $45,000 to Fluker and four other SEC football players.

The Yahoo! article includes an image of a $10,000 check from the Law Offices of John M. Phillips to Luther Davis dated September, 28, 2012.

Phillips declined to talk on-camera Wednesday, but in text messages to First Coast News he wrote: The story is completely and libelously out of context. The check concerned a book I was working on. I haven't even had a chance to read the story yet or talk to yahoo about its mistruths. [sic]

Phillips went on to write: Luther was basically my last client and convinced me stay in the dirty business. Meanwhile, I worked on the book and was paying him as a consultant and to help me get some contacts. [sic]

Phillips said his focus right now is Stand Your Ground. He has been a strong opponent of the controversial law. Phillips represents Jordan Davis' family. Davis, 17, was shot to death outside a Southside Jacksonville gas station last November after a dispute, police say, started over loud music.

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"The only Davis I'm talking about this week is Jordan Davis," texted Phillips.

First Coast News attempted to contact Luther Davis, but he did not respond. 

Phillips has worked as an unpaid legal analyst for First Coast News.

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