Tar Heel Marvin Austin In Sticky Situation

Kentwan Balmer, a North Carolina alum who is now a defensive tackle with the San Francisco 49ers, paid for former Tar Heels teammates Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas to travel to California during summer 2009, Thomas told the Raleigh News and Observer. ‘Twan paid for [the trip],” Thomas, currently with the San Diego Chargers, told the newspaper. Thomas told the newspaper that he and Austin worked out at the Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, Calif., to prepare for the 2009 season. Thomas, who started all of UNC’s games at defensive tackle in 2009 and was drafted in the fifth round by San Diego, didn’t provide financial details or dates for the trip. Austin, a senior defensive tackle for North Carolina, is projected as a high 2011 NFL draft pick. – ESPN

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