Jake Scott, former all-Pro safety who played his final three seasons with the Washington Redskins, said he has done nothing illegal in his association with convicted bookmaker Bennie R. Fuqua. "Ben has been my friend for a long time," Scott told the Miami Herald from his Colorado home. "All I know is, I'm in his house for 30 minutes, drinking a beer, hollering to a friend, when I see Ben getting arrested for bookmaking. I didn't know what was going on. Me being there was real dumb luck."
Scott and Craig Hertwig, who also was in Fuqua's home in Athens, Ga., when police arrived in 1978, told the Herald that league officials never questioned them about the raid. Neither Scott nor Hertwig, who played with Buffalo, was arrested or charged with any crime. NFL rules provide for fines, suspension or firing for NFL players who associate with gamblers . . .
There was no announcement from the U.S. Football League about its investigation into the status of defensive lineman Willie Young. George Allen, owner-coach of the Chicago Blitz, signed Young Tuesday even though the 6-foot-7, 280-pounder had three years of eligiblity left at the University of Illinois. A spokesman for the Washington Federals said the USFL rule concerning undergraduates is the same as the NFL's: the league cannot sign a player for four years after he enters college. Young, 26, previously played service football.