Former North Carolina and current San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer paid for college teammates Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas to travel to California in the summer of 2009, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
“Twan paid for [the trip],” said Thomas, a rookie defensive tackle for the Chargers, according to the report. Thomas did not provide additional details.
Thomas told the paper he and Austin worked out at Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, Calif., the summer before last season.
Balmer, Thomas and Austin all played defensive tackle for the Tar Heels in 2007. Their position coach that year, John Blake, is being investigated by the NCAA for his relationship with agent Gary Wichard.