McKnight’s girlfriend ‘makes payments’

The owner of the SUV that USC Trojans running back Joe McKnight has been seen driving says it was bought for the junior’s girlfriend as a favor.

In e-mails to the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News, Scott Schenter, a Santa Monica, Calif., businessman, said the car is driven by Johana Michelle Beltran — McKnight’s girlfriend — and that he helped purchase the Land Rover because Beltran’s family had trouble qualifying for a loan.

“It is her car,” Schenter wrote. “She makes the payments and she is responsible for insurance. The payments are a little over $500/month [not a big amount].”

McKnight has denied driving the car, but the Los Angeles Times said in a story that one of its reporters has seen USC’s leading rusher driving the SUV several times.

The Times first reported the story Friday night.

Schenter also said he is a University of Washington fan who has “nothing to do with agents, marketing players or representing athletes” despite his ownership of the Web domain, which he says has not been renewed.

“I own so many Web site domains that I only purchased [didn’t renew] because I thought it was clever along with the many other ones I own/owned,” Schenter wrote in the e-mails.