Friday , Mar , 13 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Ceruzzi Agency Involved in More Controversy

Marlon Brown, a former Amateur Athletic Union coach who acts as a recruiter for various sports agencies, told Yahoo that he was acting on behalf of the Ceruzzi agency when he befriended Marcano and his wife, Peaches.

Brown said he had hoped the gesture would lead to Greene becoming a client there when he entered the 2008 NBA draft.

Because NCAA rules forbid an athlete’s relatives from being given anything of value by an agent, there may have been a violation.

Yet the ploy did not work. Greene instead hired Bill Strickland as his agent and, in an interview with The Bee, said that he had no knowledge of his uncle’s loan until he received a phone call Wednesday morning.