Article reveals former Huskers received money, gifts from stockbroker

By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

Two former Husker players have come clean about benefits they received in college.

The players say a financial advisor, who is in federal prison for stealing money, sometimes gave them improper benefits, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

Steve Octavien, 29, was a Husker linebacker from 2006 to 2007. He told the newspaper he met the stockbroker, Mary Wong, while playing for UNL.

He said she sometimes paid for his rent, cell phone, bills and car insurance, which is a violation of NCAA rules.

The article says Marlon Lucky, who played for the Huskers from 2005 to 2009, also received gifts from Wong.

Lucky said he flew to Atlanta on a private jet with her for spring break where she bought him a suit. She also gave him $800.

UNL spokesman, Steve Smith, released a statement to Channel 8.

“We are aware of these claims and are confident that appropriate action was taken given the information we had at the time. Nonetheless, we have been in communication with the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA about these claims. No further action is required,” Smith said.

The NCAA has a four-year statute of limitations for cases like this. You can read the full Wall Street Journal article here.