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Man alleged to have ‘bought’ Tide recruit ‘calling out’ accuser

Cat Fight

Don’t you just love a good Southern catfight?

And, yes, I can hear you now.  “What, another Brent Calloway post?”  I get it, and I promise this will be the last one of the night.  Probably.

Anyway, at least one side of the latest Alabama-Auburn imbroglio has taken off the gloves, challenging Auburn Rivals.com writer Jeffrey Lee, who accused a self-described UA supporter of paying for Tide signee Brent Calloway, to either spit or get off the pot.  Darren Woodruff, who’s known Calloway since he was in the ninth grade, vehemently denied to the Birmingham News that he gave any type of financial inducement to either the recruit or the recruit’s adoptive father to attend Alabama.

I’ll allow Mr. Woodruff by way of the News to take it from here…

“I adamantly deny all of those wrongdoings,” Woodruff said. “Every one of them. Every one of them is a lie.”

Woodruff outlined Lee’s allegations and challenged him to back them up with evidence.

“He alleges that I took Brent Calloway to Alabama the last visiting weekend before signing day. He alleges that I made cash payments to “Peaches” Winston (Calloway’s adopted father). He alleges that I paid (Winston) at least $2,500 on at least one occasion. He alleges that I paid his mortgage off and/or helped catch his mortgage up. He alleges that I provided Brent Calloway with a new car, which Calloway drove to school. He alleges that I promised Brent Calloway $1,200 a month.

“He also said he would be back with the information and the proof and the evidence. My question is, ‘Where is the evidence, Jeffrey Lee?’ I’m calling him out.

“I’ve had eggs thrown at my car. I’ve had my mailbox knocked down. I’ve been called a child molester, a sexual offender. I’ve been slandered nationwide. I want to know where this evidence is.”

The News gave Lee the opportunity to respond to Woodruff very publicly calling him out.

“I don’t have any comment at this time. No comment,” Lee told the paper.

Whoa.  Easy there Jeff.  Slow down a little bit and save the heavy artillery for the later rounds.

Our advice for Lee?  Produce some real, tangible evidence linking Woodruff to improprieties or risk the perception that you’re going down the same path as Scott Moore.  Remember him?  We certainly do, and this whole thing is beginning — beginning — to smell eerily similar to the stench given off by that sorry saga.

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41 Responses to “Man alleged to have ‘bought’ Tide recruit ‘calling out’ accuser”
  1. southernpatriots says: Apr 12, 2011 9:48 PM

    John: The other one, should be “when pigs fly” and this one “a kitty fight”? Rumors being what they are, do not always produce what one thinks from a cursory reading. When the whole story begins to come forth, from those intimately involved with it, we discover, it is not much of a story after all…that’s okay!

  2. sc0820 says: Apr 12, 2011 10:44 PM

    Proof?
    You need proof?
    First of all, what we know already is creepy enough, and you can call an pig an elephant, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a pig.
    And… If anything Auburn has learned, proof is not necessary to make all types of allegations then stand behind them.
    All I hear from you cry babies is,”Cam’s dad admitted asking for money from MSU, so that’s proof”.
    I don’t see Auburn in that sentence and it never will be, so stop crying about proof.
    These are serious allegations about “adopting a child and selling him to an institution”. Now, if we don’t currently have ‘absolute proof’ of this then I guess we can keep saying it as long as you keep saying we paid Cam since you have set the precedent.

  3. Deb says: Apr 12, 2011 10:57 PM

    @sco820 …

    No one has alleged that Woodruff adopted anyone, you ignorant jackass.

    Some Auburn fan making unsubstantiated allegations about a poor man on an Auburn Web site is hardly the equivalent of Mississippi State University making a formal complaint to the SEC that Newton and company were soliciting $180,000 (that’s with a $20,000 discount) for Cam to go to MSU! And unsubstantiated accusations are hardly comparable to a confession.

    Let me guess: Auburn grad? Either that or Mr. Fantastick. That’s the only way you could possibly make such a ridiculous stretch. :roll:

    Darren, honey, you get yourself a cutthroat attorney and sue the stuffing out of that dirty SOB Jeffrey Lee and that Auburn Rivals site. I’m not big on suing people as a rule, but you do that first thing in the morning, you hear?

  4. sc0820 says: Apr 12, 2011 10:59 PM

    I will also add, that I truly believe that this rivalry was over as soon as your brain-child Updyke poisoned our sacred trees, dessecrating over a century of Auburn heritage. Obviously, it was the heritage, not the trees, that were actually attacked that day.
    You are no longer considered a rival, but something vile, and unworthy of even being considered competition.
    That act ended our “rivalry”, and sadly, the situation as it stands will most likely end in violence (I am in no way threatening anyone or advocating violence). I have tickets to the game and I’m seriously considering selling them because I don’t want to see you people.

  5. sc0820 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:05 PM

    Peaches, you window licking tard, Peaches adopted this boy in the 9th grade and started his recruitment immediately through woodruff. That much has been stated as fact by the very parties involved.
    FACT

  6. Deb says: Apr 12, 2011 11:05 PM

    @sco820 …

    Yes, please sell the tickets. You are too ignorant to drive to a football game. Updyke is a mentally disturbed 62-year-old who did a sick thing. Fans of the University of Alabama then set up a Web site that raised $50,000 to pay for the recovery, replacement of your precious trees, even though they had nothing to do with poisoning them.

    That you would attribute the actions of one mentally disturbed old man to an entire fan base and ignore what UA fans did for your university says you are a nitwit.

  7. Deb says: Apr 12, 2011 11:08 PM

    “Tard”? That’s a nasty term. Were you raised in a bucket? Peaches isn’t the person Lee made the accusations against. What … you mean Lee made his accusations against the wrong guy?

    So if Peaches and Woodruff can afford to buy a recruit, why can’t they afford season tickets?

    And if Alabama can get top recruits for $2,500 while Auburn pays six figures, I’d say that makes you Tigers … really really stupid.

  8. sc0820 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:11 PM

    You both are proving every point I’ve made in these posts.

  9. Deb says: Apr 12, 2011 11:12 PM

    So Peaches adopted a kid in the ninth grade and paid all his room and board for four years assuming he was going to be a top college prospect? Wow, that was quite a gamble. Isn’t he in the military? Military families don’t earn that much. Not like that Ole Miss family. Gee, those rich folks adopt a football player and it’s a Hollywood fairytale. Poor Peaches does it on his limited income, and Auburn calls it cheating. Hmmm.

  10. Deb says: Apr 12, 2011 11:14 PM

    Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee …
    I’m swinging so fast …
    Seems like there’s two of me. ;)

    Or is he talking about you, JT? Or is he fighting with another imaginary opponent?

  11. Deb says: Apr 12, 2011 11:18 PM

    Well, that was fun, but I must bid this intrigue good night. :lol:

    ROLL TIDE!!!!

  12. fatfreddystubbs says: Apr 12, 2011 11:38 PM

    Why would Peaches need money anyway? did Herb get all the royalties? (note to self: probably really dating yourself with that reference).

  13. sc0820 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:45 PM

    So, when you wake up and read my reply…
    Yes, this kid was being recruited in the 9th grade.
    You really should read up on the story before you start running your mouth. But that would be so un- bammeristic.
    Trash

  14. dkhhuey says: Apr 13, 2011 12:13 AM

    JT – GREAT pic!!!!

  15. anahit1 says: Apr 13, 2011 1:39 AM

    Hmm, I’m pretty sure Peaches and Woodruff were a 1980s prog rock band that shot up the charts with their Nancy Reagan-inspired hit “Speed Kills (Extended Dance Remix)”, but had a nasty split when Peaches began dating the not George Michael guy from Wham and refused to perform any songs that did not contain sitar. Woodruff demanded Peaches quit the band and claim it was for medical reasons, which Peaches did, and Wesley Willis joined the band.

  16. sc0820 says: Apr 13, 2011 2:58 AM

    Also, while I’m posting. I would like to note…
    Did Bama get endless sht from AU when they won the championship in 2009?
    No
    We were focused on ourselves. Many of us were even rooting for Ingram to win the heisman, including myself.
    But you never know a bitch until she is scorned.
    The absolute and total obsession your school and alumn have with Auburn University needs to be understood throughout the country..

    You are one crazy bitch, and we want a divorce.

  17. rajuncajun28 says: Apr 13, 2011 6:46 AM

    Redneck infighting in Alabammy….bet the wireless communication between double-wide trailers was quite active last night on this story…Bammy and Awbarn fans – both of you will be entirely irrelevant this season, so please return to your peanut farms…..lmao…what a bunch of rednecks…

  18. John Taylor says: Apr 13, 2011 8:26 AM

    @dkhhuey: that’s one of those fall-back type photos that you can never really go wrong with. Carries a lot of different connotations with it. :-)

  19. tryagainplease says: Apr 13, 2011 8:32 AM

    someone called ‘rajuncajun’ calling others rednecks. as if they couldn’t turn that around on you- you’re a redneck, no you’re a redneck, no really you are a redneck, nuh uh you are…. geez.

  20. southernpatriots says: Apr 13, 2011 10:06 AM

    rajincajun28–let’s see where to start. We are family of professionals all college/university educated in SEC schools and/or Ivy League. We were educators and academicians, a doctor, and nurses, but all with advanced degrees, now retired.

    There was a time for all of us, that whether we were full blooded Cajun, part Cajun and part Italian, part Cajun and part German, good ole boy Georgian, etc. that we all worked in the fields-cotton, corn, hay, wheat, soybeans, sugar cane, peas, etc. Working in the fields as children and youngsters caused the backs of our necks to become sun burned and red, so we were “rednecks.”

    It was an obvious sign to all that we had been working in the fields. That was a good thing back then because teachers and parents all promoted a good work ethic. Thank God, we no longer have to work in those fields of cotton and corn so we have lost the redness to our necks so most just call us Cajuns, or to be crass and derogatory “coona**”

    Don’t go labeling others unless you wish the same to come your way. It definitely cheapens the discussion here and is unwelcomed, even by us Cajuns and former “rednecks.”

  21. Deb says: Apr 13, 2011 10:37 AM

    Poor sco820 … he’s wandered into a Saturday Night Live skit and thinks it’s a … cat fight ;)

    Yes, dear, as a lifelong Bama fan, I know Auburn fans have been the biggest cheerleaders of our success :lol:

    I’m not one to comment without checking my facts. Nothing to see here except the hilarious hysteria of Auburn fans.

    @rajuncajun …

    I’m a Floridian and a professional like the various people who post as southernpatriots. My grandparents earned their red necks working the cotton fields of Alabama where they struggled for their children and grandchildren to have a better life. I was the first on that side of the family to get a college degree. Others in the family are now attorneys and even judges. And though we’ve gotten our educations at various institutions, we’re still loyal to the team we cheered with our Daddy.

    Roll Tide!!!

  22. gamustangdude says: Apr 13, 2011 11:03 AM

    Reading the comments here and on other similar posts I realized we are now living in the age of “Guilty until proven innocent.” Don’t let facts get in the way people.

    BTW I do feel with all the Auburn bashing that went on this season, most Bamma fans should just simply accept the fact that it’s their turn now.

  23. rickslaton says: Apr 13, 2011 12:09 PM

    wow

    no way Jeff Lee keeps his job after all of this

    The difference between Bama/Calloway and Auburn/Newton is simple

    Alabama has openly addressed the accusations… you have heard from EVERY individual involved in the accusations and they have all come out to defend themselves and answer any questions anyone might have about the bs story Lee put out there

    Auburn would have said No Comment, called the allegations PURE GARBAGE, and ordered Calloway, Peaches, & Woodruff to silence

    From the looks of things now, its seems Jeff Lee is just a loser trying to deflect bad press to his neighbors in Tuscaloosa. The fact that the people involved have been open and seem to want this to be resolved and will do their part to resolve it make them seem like they have nothing to hide

    If Woodruff refused to speak to the press, if Calloway was only allowed to say “No Comment”… then i thin kthe nation would feel like there is more to the story than we are hearing

    But the way they have handled these accusations, telling their story to the public, refuting all the baseless claims and “calling out” Jeff Lee (who has since gone silent and issued a “no comment” statement yesterday) makes them seem like victims to a childish writer who will soon be out of a job (or defending himself in a courtroom)

    Saddest part is like Brent said… now, even if he wanted to get a car, like most 18 year olds already have, now he can’t b/c it would just bring on more mudslinging by Auburn writers who have never even heard the word “journalism”

  24. rickslaton says: Apr 13, 2011 12:11 PM

    BC makes a great point… Auburn lied to his face during his recruitment

    He switched to AU because they told him he could play RB and they wouldn’t sign any other RBs in this class. Thats what he wanted to hear, and thus he switched his commitment to the TIgers

    However, when only a week after his commitment, they signed 3 other RBs and 1 of the top RBs in the area… he realized he had been had and re-evaluated his situation

    Its funny, Karlos Dansby chose Auburn b/c they told him he could play WR in college and not LB like Bama wanted him to play. So he picked Auburn, and after 1 practice at WR they switched him to LB where they planned on putting him from the beginning. Sounds familiar… seems the had the same plan for Brent Calloway. Too bad they showed their hand and signed those other RBs and blew the whole thing

    I just hope AU officially had no part in putting out this story. I realize its their main beat writer… but hopefully Jeff Lee did this on his own and not because Pat Dye ordered him to

    Sad Sad situation for all those involved- I hope Jeff Lee gets sued back to the 18th century

  25. rickslaton says: Apr 13, 2011 12:20 PM

    We have already heard from Brent Calloway, Peaches, & Woodruff on this story that broke only 1 week ago

    We have YET to hear from Cam or Cecil on the allegations against them. “I choose not to talk about things from the past”… thanks Mark McGuire for introducing that answer into our lives

    The fact that these stories are being compared is laughable.

    One is a real story, broken by the NY Times and HBO / Fox Sports etc… with parties who refuse to talk or explain their side of the story. The other is a rumor started by a blogger who runs the most homer website on rivals

  26. southernpatriots says: Apr 13, 2011 12:30 PM

    @gamustangdude: Good observation. However, only in legal proceedings is this the law. The news media and partisan fans can rumor, falsely accuse, presume, and all the other stuff they do under protection of the first admendment, especially if any of those they talk about are public figures or in the news.

    It does sometimes seem like we are in Great Britain and not the U.S.

    Heated rivalries with so many generations of history often result in this ebb and flow. One group jumps on something negative about the other group and then tit for tat. We are not immune. We have done with this Ole Miss (oh God!) and Tulane. Steal Johnny Reb, take embarassing and stupid photos, etc. If we had had blogging and the Internet back then we would have vented through that, we are sure.

    There will be a balance but things will get wound up really high during the season, which at least at that time we get football, rather than the talk without it. ha. Have a great day! Thank you again for what you are doing for this country!

  27. sc0820 says: Apr 13, 2011 12:32 PM

    Write much?
    You Bama fans are a plague.
    You can try to distance yourself from your own hypocrisy but the more you type, the more it is illustrated.

  28. sc0820 says: Apr 13, 2011 12:35 PM

    @rickslaton

  29. Deb says: Apr 13, 2011 2:42 PM

    @gamustangdude …

    As a Bama fan, I don’t mind taking the hits because the story has no credibility … and it’s pretty darn funny. You just can’t make up characters like Peaches ;) But I do feel sorry for Woodruff because apparently he has a history of helping out kids–including those who have no athletic prospects. It’s a shame he’s been dragged into the spotlight this way.

    I’m actually hoping for an NCAA investigation (though not if they’re going to drag it out like they have with poor Jim Tressel–good grief) because the findings will strengthen the suit I’m hoping Woodruff will file against Jeffrey Lee and Rivals. And if half what Calloway said about the high school coach was true, he should be dismissed. And NCAA investigation may make that happen.

    Now, gamustangdude, don’t you go taking this lunacy seriously or you’ll make me regret going all gooey and posting “I love you!!” on that PFT thread ;)

  30. rickslaton says: Apr 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    LOL

    @sco820

    does it bother you Auburn can’t sell out their own stadium unless Alabama is coming to town

  31. gamustangdude says: Apr 13, 2011 3:08 PM

    @deb

    It’s all in good fun. Most people read one side of a story and already have it imprinted in thier brain that one side is the only side.

    BTW I’m having way too much fun with dkhhuey and buckeyeboy to concern my self with this lunacy. Well maybe not so much dkhhuey he’s seems to be a bit more mature than buckeyeboy, but I did lay out some “cheese” for buckeyeboy on another thread. I hope he takes a bite. ;0

  32. bamasucks says: Apr 13, 2011 5:29 PM

    28-27 and after 17+ years, bama is STILL on probation.

  33. Deb says: Apr 13, 2011 5:36 PM

    @gamustangdude …

    dkhhuey is a pretty good guy, but buckeyeboy is too tempting to resist sometimes … like this guy sco820 ;)

    @bamasucks …

    Did you say something? I swear I heard the sound of bitter tear plopping gently on the screen ….

  34. southernpatriots says: Apr 15, 2011 4:26 PM

    A shout out for WordPress and Michael of WordPress: we were experiencing great problems with accessing CFT and its many topics but Michael came through for us and did not criticize us for being computer inept or become negative on us at any time, which he could have easily. We thank WordPress and Michael for great compassionate and kind service to resolve the problems we were experiencing!

  35. edgy says: Apr 15, 2011 7:03 PM

    spats, he probably thought that the multiple personalities needed their sports fix more than anyone else here. :)

  36. southernpatriots says: Apr 15, 2011 8:35 PM

    e: That must have been it.

    Thanks to all for their understanding. This is a very trying time for us all, especially our sister.

  37. edgy says: Apr 16, 2011 11:51 AM

    :)

    BTW, how are things going with her?

  38. southernpatriots says: Apr 16, 2011 11:55 AM

    e: Thank you for your kind inquiry. She is still fighting though doctors tell us that the cancer seems to be winning at this time. We have faith that she will pull through but this is a difficult time.

    On Monday, I go back to my surgeon and it appears I will undergo additional surgery. My sister in law suffered a heart attack and is not well as well. There are other serious health problems which seem to coming back again on many of us, and it could be stress from our sister’s situation. She is always the strongest amongst us and keeps us all together.

  39. edgy says: Apr 16, 2011 12:34 PM

    Tough breaks. I know how hard it is to deal with family members who are sick but in my case, I’m in better health and can keep that in mind when times get tough for them. I hope things go well and my thoughts are with you – multiple personalities or not. :)

  40. southernpatriots says: Apr 16, 2011 12:44 PM

    e: thank you. Certainly with multiple persons (different family members) one would expect multiple personalities, right?

  41. edgy says: Apr 16, 2011 8:32 PM

    Alabama unveiled Nick Saban’s statue and at 4 foot 9, it’s just a little under life sized. :)

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