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FBI sniffing around Cam Newton situation

The bizarre case of Cam Newton‘s post-Florida recruitment has taken yet another odd turn as it’s being reported that a federal agency has taken an interest in the situation.

According to TMZ.com, the FBI has requested a meeting with John Bond, the former Mississippi State quarterback who was allegedly solicited by a middleman claiming to represent the Newton family and seeking upwards of $200,000 for Newton’s signature on a letter of intent.  Bond took the solicitation to the higher-ups at MSU, who then turned the information over to the NCAA, which subsequently launched an investigation a little less than a year ago.

Bond’s attorney confirmed to TMZ that the FBI has requested a sit-down meeting with his client.  According to the attorney, the FBI agent said “we are interested in whether young men are being shopped to colleges.”

If the FBI is interested in speaking to Bond, it would then stand to reason they would also want to speak to his former MSU teammate Kenny Rogers.  Rogers is reportedly the middleman who allegedly made it known to Bond — maybe not directly, however — that Newton’s talents were available for a low six-figure sum of money.

The accusations of Newton’s football skills being for sale was the first of two “scandals” to hit the Auburn quarterback and Heisman frontrunner in less than a week.  Earlier today, FOX Sports.com, citing a single unnamed source, reported three instances of academic cheating were committed by Newton while he was at Florida in 2008, and that he was facing expulsion before deciding to transfer from the Gainesville school to a Texas junior college in early 2009.

The five days of reports have taken their toll on a reputation Newton has steadily rebuilt since being charged with buying a stolen laptop in 2008.  It’s also taken its toll on Newton’s head coach, who was at a Mike Gundy-level of pissed off at his press conference this afternoon.

I’m trying to defend something that is quite frankly garbage,” Chizik said, before really starting to roll.

“Is there a wizard behind the curtain? I don’t know. Is there one, is there two, are there 10? I don’t know and I don’t care. But what I do care about is coming to the defense of not only a great football player but a great human being who comes from a great family.

“Now if you really want to do your homework, go and start with his Little League coach, then go to his junior high coach, then go to his high school coach, then go to his junior college coach and then come talk to any coach at Auburn. And you’re all going to hear the same thing. So this is a waste of my time, but I’m going to address it because I’m defending a young man who deserves it.”

Newton was a little — OK, a lot — less emotional in his response to the latest round of allegations.  In fact, he seemed to simply shrug them off with a wave and a smile that seemed to say “when God be blessin’, the devil be messin’“.

“Am I hurt? No. Am I curious? A little bit,” Newton said. “But it really doesn’t bother me that much. I’m a blessed individual. …

“I’m not here to bash anyone. I’m here to go to school and win football games at Auburn. My sole focus right now is to win this football game coming up on Saturday.”

Who knows if there is any truth and to what degree these myriad reports hold — and Lord knows Newton is far from sainthood — but it’s a sad indictment of the whole ugly mess that it’s the accused who’s taken the high road, while adults all around him have chosen to step straight into the gutter.

UPDATED 7:22 p.m. ET: Courtesy of our friends at NBC Sports.com, here’s video of Chizik’s emotional defense of Newton.

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19 Responses to “FBI sniffing around Cam Newton situation”
  1. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 7:27 PM

    AuburnSports.com continues to investigate connections with the University of Florida and multiple media outlets in recent attempts to degrade Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton’s integrity.

    The latest allegations regarding Newton come from FOXSports.com writer Thayer Evans, who claimed a single source informed him Newton “had three different instances of academic cheating while attending the University of Florida and faced potential expulsion”.

    Urban Meyer, Florida and Mississippi State have all been alleged to be involved with the recent allegations surrounding Auburn’s Cam Newton.
    The allegations came four days after Evans wrote a column encouraging Heisman voters not to vote for Newton, the heavy front-runner to win college football’s most prestigious individual award.

    Evans’ column ran hours after ESPN.com and The New York Times ran stories Thursday claiming a former Mississippi State quarterback, John Bond, alleged a former teammate solicited money from MSU in exchange for Newton’s signature on a letter of intent.

    Evans, according to his bio on FOXSports.com, previously wrote for The New York Times.

    Following the initial allegations of wrongdoings in the recruitment of Newton, AuburnSports.com reported Florida coach Urban Meyer encouraged the allegations be made public to the media during a three-way telephone call with Bond and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.

    AuburnSports.com has also discovered a connection between Florida and the leaking of the recent cheating allegations to the public.

    Alex DeLaet, who uses the alias “FSUnole24″ on the Rivals.com Network, knew about the allegations Nov. 4, four days before the story ran on FOXSports.com. DeLaet posted Thursday on Rivals.com’s “Main Board” message board: “Apparently the truth is coming out sometime in the next few days. Apparently (Newton) got caught cheating in class.”

    DeLaet, again using the alias “FSUnole24″, posted early Tuesday morning hours after the FOXSports.com report on the allegations of Newton cheating was published, “Aubs (Auburn fans), sorry to tell you that I was right.”

    When asked how he knew in advance, DeLaet (“FSUnole24″) wrote, “I have a very good source at UF.”

    He later edited his statement to read, “I have a very good source.”

    When reached by AuburnSports.com Tuesday, DeLaet, who resides in Omaha, Neb., declined comment.

    DeLaet’s brother, Eric DeLaet, works in the video department of the University of Florida’s football program.

    Attempts to reach Eric DeLaet for comment were unsuccessful.

  2. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 7:58 PM

    The speculation and character assassinations will come to and end soon as I don’t think it will take the FBI to get all the parties talking and then we’ll know the truth about who did what.

    Newton will go pro at the end of this season and move on. His chances at the Heisman have taken a major hit because he did lie, steal and cheat and character is part of the voting. It is better this comes out now than have to go through another Reggie Bu$h saga and take it from him later.

    Hard to go figure morality on here. SoFlaTrojan was big on the integrity of Carroll and USC throughout the USC investigation and that is a good thing. Not sure why you are so hot after who/why released this info and not just as hot saying Newton doesn’t deserve the Heisman if he did steal a laptop, lie to the police about it after being caught, throwing it it out the dorm window as the police were at his dorm room door, stole other students papers, cheated on exams and was about to be dismissed by the UF student/faculty honors board. I guess the snitches are all to blame and Cam Newton wasn’t responsible for his actions and should get a free pass? My how we have talked out of both sides of our mouthes on these issues.

    I believe Cam Newton is the best player in college football but is he even doing any school work at all and does character matter in all this?

    Moral outrage at the messenger—we see that on here all the time as bloggers come and go they take their shots at JT for disseminating and portraying these issues in ways that doesn’t suit their fancy……..

    JT should you be classified a “snitch”? Roflmao

  3. John Taylor says: Nov 9, 2010 8:03 PM

    I’ve been called worse, blitz. In fact, I’m quite certain I’ll be called worse in this very post.

  4. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 8:19 PM

    Blitz,
    I would have no problem with Cam or James winning the Heisman. Both players are outstanding. I do think James has a better upside in the NFL but that is not what the Heisman is about.

    I find all the twists and turns of this story fascinating and until it is proven that Cam did get paid to go to Auburn I feel bad that he has had to deal with this situation. I personally think if he did get some money it was nowhere near the 200k.

    What he did at UF should have no bearing on him winning the Heisman in my opinion.

  5. WingT says: Nov 9, 2010 8:42 PM

    I wonder how motivated Auburn will be if they get a chance to play Florida this year? I think I’ll watch that game. LOL

    I’m still shocked that Florida is most likely behind these rumors. It’s amazing to me that they would do that. What did they expect to gain?

  6. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 8:55 PM

    WingT

    Your too smart to be drinking that kool-aid. UF has nothing to gain and a whole lot to lose..this is just media/blog/rumor/made up stories

  7. WingT says: Nov 9, 2010 9:15 PM

    Blitz,
    I qualified my statement by saying ” most likely”. Who else other than Florida or Dan Mullin had knowledge of Cam’s academic troubles ?

  8. Deb says: Nov 9, 2010 10:46 PM

    I’m going to have to root for Auburn. I’m going to have to root for Auburn!

    That really irritates me!

    But I flat-out refuse to jump on the “he lied, stole, and cheated” bandwagon when you are talking about ALLEGATIONS. And I’m sorry, Blitz, I really am, but the MOST unbelievable part of this WHOLE story is the notion that Florida would send a talent like that packing because they thought he stole a laptop. Florida???? Home of the highest arrest rate in the SEC? Where you can threaten to kill your girlfriend in front of a cop and STILL be on the team??

    Get real.

    That alone is enough to make me think he didn’t do anything but decide to go somewhere else and folks at FU, um, that didn’t come out right … UF just have a permanent wedgy about the whole thing.

    If he had knowledge of a bribe, he shouldn’t get the Heisman. But I still say it’s WRONG that this has all come out NOW when the NCAA has been sitting on it since January. The FBI needs to investigate who is putting out all these rumors. Character assassination is not the way to win a football game or the SEC Championship. It’s shameful, that’s what it is. Shameful.

    As an aside … that is a lovely-looking young man. He could make big money doing endorsements … or male modeling. Just sayin’ …

  9. jdub111 says: Nov 9, 2010 11:12 PM

    The sad reality is that when these types of allegations are being thrown around… they end up proving to be correct. My crystal ball says: 1)Auburn will wholeheartedly defend Newton simply because their offense depends heavily upon him stepping onto the field. 2)By the time the investigation is complete, the season will be over, the draft will have taken place, and he’ll be stripped of his undeserved Heisman. 3)Rather than be proactive, they’ll be reactive because he’s a big name at a big school.

    This story seems vaguely familiar, but I think it actually took place on the other side of the country last time at a school name after a prophylactic and a player who we’ll refer to as an alternative word for a shrubbery. My only question is who will pay the penalty if he is guilty? The player, coach, or school? With money coming into play more frequently these days, why aren’t the players being made ineligible for a couple of years upon leaving or being forced to leave college? Obviously money is important to them and their recruiters, so hit them where it hurts.

  10. cornerdenizen0 says: Nov 9, 2010 11:27 PM

    Im sorry. But did someone say the F.B.I. was involved in this?

    Again….the F.B.I.?

  11. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 10:50 AM

    @ Deb

    No offense taken. I don’t know anything about the supposed $200K deal but the stealing, lying and cheating will come out as accurate and factual.

    I don’t know of any UF alums that aren’t actually rooting for Newton to do well as long as it isn’t against UF.

    I feel that his character issues were a mistake, a 2 yr old mistake and if he has moved on, done all the right things since then he deserves to be considered for the Heisman. I am afraid what will do him in is his continuos denials and that alone will alienate the Heisman voters.

    The good thing is he will go pro next yr and bama will only have to get beat by him once, in a few short weeks.

  12. dmvdmv101560 says: Nov 10, 2010 11:24 AM

    Blitz – but the stealing, lying and cheating will come out as accurate and factual.

    ===================================

    You seem awfully sure of yourself to post the above item – have you been talking with all the other University of Florida felons, er alumni, to get your information? Just because you graduated from Florida, which I’m sure wasn’t that hard to do, does not make you the official spokesman for the football team. You need to take a break from this blog and get a life. You spend an inordinate amount of time on here – of course, if you’re with all the other Florida felons you’re probably typing these posts in prison. Remember, keep your head up and your ass down!

  13. hrmlss says: Nov 10, 2010 11:32 AM

    Chizik is quite frankly garbage, he was at Iowa State and is continuing is down south.

  14. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 11:50 AM

    @ dmv

    You sure brought a lot of insight to the discussion
    You wear your ignorance well–might want to read up on UF and academics—a lot better than you know–2nd to Vandy in the SEC and ahead of fine institutions like The Ohio State University.
    As for the prison and felon comments those usually come from jealous fans of schools that aren’t doing that well—
    You are probably the cheat as you are sitting at your desk NOT doing the job you are being paid to do but rather trolling on the internet. I hope your user name doesn’t mean you work for the DMV and ripping off taxpayers with your on the job bloviating. Troll on……

  15. Deb says: Nov 10, 2010 12:41 PM

    @dmvdmv101560 …

    Thought at the start of your post that you might have some interesting insight into Cam Newton–something to counter Blitz’s assertion that he’s untrustworthy. Instead you just wasted a lot of time on how much time Blitz wastes posting on a blog. What a silly comment! You don’t know anything about Blitz or how he spends his time, and it’s none of your business if he’s here 20 minutes a day or 20 hours a day. And the only way you could know how often he posts is if you’re here reading his posts.

    @Blitz …

    In the above clip, he didn’t deny anything. He said it was a long time ago and not relevant to anything he’s doing now. To me, it’s petty and self-serving for people to bring out this academic stuff, etc., just before the Heisman vote, so I find it suspect. Obviously the $200k is a serious matter, but I’m bothered that the NCAA has been sitting on the report since January and only decided to make an issue of it when Auburn because a serious championship contender. Part of me thinks it’s true because it’s Auburn. But I realize it’s not fair to tar them without proof–and the NCAA had ample time to get that before teh season started. It’s just sad for all the Auburn students and fans who had nothing to do with anything shady but are having to pay for whatever is going on.

  16. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 1:27 PM

    @ Deb
    Agree 100%—hate this happening now.
    The kid is a really good player and a “fun watch”. Although I think you are looking at something different than how I watch the game—lmao.

    This should be resolved quickly now because of how it could change the up coming bowl/NC game matchups.

    Next someone will be blaming Boise St or TCU for snitching because of how much this would benefit their programs.

    Still wonder what SoFlaTrojan will say when it comes out that Kiffin was the snitch as his ultimate revenge on the SEC…….ROFLMAO

  17. Deb says: Nov 10, 2010 3:12 PM

    @Blitz …

    It’s so funny because I haven’t really watched Auburn much at all. Was watching the tail end of their Ole Miss game while doing something on the computer. The announcers were talking about Newton, and he was sitting on the bench. I happened to glance up just as he smiled. Then they changed shots. Actually thought I was seeing things! Backed up the TV to check that shot again.

    Hello! LOL That is a very attractive guy ;)

    My fear is that they’ll dig and dig until they find Alabama in there somewhere LOL

  18. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 3:36 PM

    @ Deb–nah just Kiffin, USC and Trojan—lmao
    Trojan bit hard on the suspension rumor as he was one of the first that posted Newton was about to be suspended. The offshore bookies never took the game down so only some took the bait and blogged with it……

    Steelers took another season ending injury hit…..

  19. Deb says: Nov 10, 2010 6:15 PM

    @blitz …

    As if we didn’t have enough trouble on that line. How is it that fate strikes everyone but Flozell?? LOL

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