Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis testified to the Committee on Infractions hearing Monday.
It is believed to be the first time in NCAA compliance history that an active student-athlete has appeared at an infractions hearing, according to a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
Lewis apparently gave testimony as part of Mississippi’s hearing to answer for the 21 alleged NCAA violations against Ole Miss, the report said.
“Lewis was not seen publicly either entering or exiting the ballroom at the Embassy Suites here, site of the hearing, but sources confirmed that he did appear,” the report stated.
Lewis alleged that an Ole Miss booster paid him $10,000 to sign with the Rebels. He said he chose not to take the money and ended up as a Bulldog instead.
“Ole Miss is disputing that charge from the NCAA. Another booster alleged to have provided apparel to Lewis and fellow Mississippi State player Kobe Jones is suing both of them for defamation,” the Yahoo report said. “Lewis’ involvement in the case – leading to his appearance here – has further heightened tensions between Mississippi and Mississippi State.”
Former Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze was reportedly also in attendance, along with current interim head coach Matt Luke and athletic director Ross Bjork.