Thomas denies allegations he received improper benefits at GT

Second-year Denver WR Demaryius Thomas, who is rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon, has denied an allegation that he received $312 worth of clothing from a sports agency employee in 2009 while a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. GT vacated its 2009 ACC football championship game victory, was fined $100K and its football and men's hoops programs were placed on probation until July of 2015 for failing to cooperate with the NCAA in its investigation of the school. Thomas, a first-round pick of the Broncos in 2010, disputed the validity of the report in a text message to the DP. The NCAA said that GT should have declared (Thomas) ineligible for its final three games in 2009, including its ACC title game victory over Clemson and Orange Bowl loss to Iowa.

As far as the Broncos and their fans are concerned, this should register as a non-issue, save whatever questions Thomas will face next time he's in front of a set of microphones. The story is worse for Georgia Tech, whose basketball program was found to be in violation of NCAA prohibitions on scouting for allowing a member of its coaching staff to administrate a youth basketball tourney on campus in both 2009 and 2010. In March, GT fired basketball coach Paul Hewitt after twelve seasons and paid him a $7.2 million buyout.

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