BYU officials respond to allegations players received improper benefits

Posted at 2:48 PM, May 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-21 22:45:13-04

PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University has launched an investigation into its football program, following allegations that players on the team have been receiving gifts and improper benefits.

The internal review began months ago, according to former BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman.

“BYU had contacted Cody Hoffman a few months ago while he was getting ready for the draft and asked Cody to come in and give a report,” said Hoffman’s manager, Sam Leaf.

Leaf said school officials wanted to know any information Hoffman had about his teammates receiving gifts, like free housing or electronics.

"My understanding of the allegations is that a former BYU employee was paying for players' rents, giving them gifts,” Leaf said. “You know, the usual things that you hear in regard to these stories, just giving improper benefits to players.”

Leaf advised Hoffman not to speak with the university about the allegations.

“As Cody’s representative, I made the decision for Cody not to come in,” Leaf said. “Not because we had anything to hide, but only because this draft process is very time consuming and it tests the kids in ways they’re not used to.”

FOX 13 News reached out to the BYU Athletic Department for comment, but they declined to address any specifics of the controversy.

In a statement, associate athletic director Duff Tittle said, "BYU is aware of the allegations and is conducting a thorough review of the matter.”

According to Leaf, there is no question as to whether or not any wrongdoing occurred.

“100 percent I believe it,” Leaf said. “And I believe it happens in every school in America. It’s only wrong if you get caught.”