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.