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NCAAF: SUV owner denies wrongdoing in USC probe

December 20, 2009

The Santa Monica businessman who owns a sport utility vehicle that USC tailback Joe McKnight has been observed driving says he is a University of Washington fan who hasnothing to do with agents, marketing players or representing athletes.” USC is investigating McKnight’s use of the vehicle, which may constitute a violation of NCAA rules that prohibit student-athletes from accepting benefits from marketing representatives or agents, or “extra benefits” from anyone based on their athletic ability.

In an e-mail, Schenter said he was in Johannesburg, South Africa, “finalizing a major business deal,” and complained The Times had not given him adequate opportunity to respond to questions. He said, “The Internet is very expensive to use and I had meetings scheduled all week with no time to check the Internet.”

(The full text of Schenter’s e-mailed comments can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ykeb7vu)

Schenter said he has worked more than 21 years for the Los Angeles County Assessor’s office appraising high-value homes. He said he also was “an entrepreneur that has his hands in numerous businesses and investment opportunities,” and that “I would rather be known for my expertise in my marketing and finance ventures (there are more).”

“The payments are a little over $500/month (not a big amount),” he wrote. A DMV official said last week that the registration had been suspended because of lack of proof of insurance.

“I only purchased www.4joemcknight.com (didn’t renew) because I thought it was clever along with the many other ones I own/owned,” Schenter said. “Michelle Beltran knew nothing of this website.” Schenter said his other domains include uscromeo.com, uclalove.com, 24kobe.com and airkobe.com.”

Los Angeles Times

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