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Ex-Auburn DB Mike McNeil pleads guilty to robbery

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In the news late last week for claims he made against the Auburn football program, Mike McNeil will now find himself behind bars for the foreseeable future.

According to multiple media outlets, the former Tigers defensive back has reached a plea agreement just as his armed robbery case was set to go to trial.  McNeil was sentenced to what the Associated Press described as a 15-year split sentence.  He must serve at least three years in prison as well as three years of supervised probation.  He had been facing 21 years to life.

“The totality of the circumstances make this the best deal,” McNeil’s attorney, Ben Hand, said according to al.com.

“I was informed what they are trying to say is the truth, but I am not saying it is,” McNeil said shortly after he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.

The original charge stemmed from an armed robbery in March of 2011 involving four AU football players.  All four, including McNeil, were subsequently dismissed by then-head coach Gene Chizik.

In Selena Robertssalacious story that was the talk of the college football news world over the weekend, McNeil stridently maintained his innocence, noting that he had turned down multiple plea deals.

McNeil also leveled allegations of academic misconduct and impermissible benefits against the AU football program in Roberts’ story.  At least two players quoted in the story claimed they were misquoted or their words were taken out of context, while AU officials vehemently denied the allegations.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp, Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2007, also denied that he had given McNeil $400 in cash following a particularly rough practice session.

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25 Responses to “Ex-Auburn DB Mike McNeil pleads guilty to robbery”
  1. jaydm84 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:06 PM

    This guy sounds like a super trustworthy source.

  2. thegamecocker says: Apr 8, 2013 12:13 PM

    He’s believable because at this point he has nothing to lose. Just tell the truth, do your time, and be on with your pitiful life. Stupid is as stupid does…..

  3. imaduffer says: Apr 8, 2013 12:13 PM

    “He must serve at least three years in prison.” Just think, if he would have spent three years in college getting an education, this may have never happened.

  4. fnc111 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:31 PM

    Just look at him he doesn’t know the first thing about getting an education. You feel sorry for clueless people like him.

  5. Deb says: Apr 8, 2013 12:51 PM

    @thegamecocker …

    I know how you feel about Auburn. But declarations made on the way to prison do not carry the same legal weight as dying declarations. We have no reason to believe this guy’s statements to Roberts (assuming he actually made those statements to Roberts) were true because he was facing prison and had nothing left to lose. Our prisons are filled with people who continue to lie despite having nothing left to lose.

  6. Romulus says: Apr 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    This guy lied to try to get his case postponed and the story admitted in and new details in the case. Once the judge said he was not postponing the trial for any new evidence based on a FALSE story then this dummy accepted the plea deal. He could had been a back up in the nfl somewhere but instead he is sitting in prison. awesome choice.

  7. thegamecocker says: Apr 8, 2013 2:00 PM

    @Deb

    It’s Auburn….it’s a Chizik recruit….it’s a bogus NC…..it’s being terribly frustrated with the firing of Tim Pernetti at Rutgers because of a low-life vengeful piece of garbage named Eric Murdock. A Pontius Pilate if ever there was one. A money-grabbing thug much like the now cancer ridden Debbie Tripp who turned in Monica Lewinsky. Who anyone has sexual tryst with is no one elses business unless it is criminal….

  8. packerbadger says: Apr 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    Another fine SEC “graduate” using the degree he “earned” from his SEC school. Yeah, after college doesn’t matter. See what happens when you go to an SEC school as a “student” athlete? Well, I guess the SEC graduates will continue to keep the prison guards employed!

  9. friarjack61 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:01 PM

    He is the product of his culture. The ghetto, has no concept of wrong doing. Greed and power: everything you want, and can get, without waisting time in a classroom. No sorry, for his kind/type !

  10. jrillah10 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:48 PM

    Oh Gamecocker/(CrouchGrabber)-

    You never cease to amaze me. You’re bitterness continues to show. There are times as an Auburn Grad, I’d like to see the NCAA strip the title, just to see your reaction. You have issues. Eric Murdock? You must condone Mr. Rice’s actions. That says a lot about you sir. Good day.

  11. rolltide510 says: Apr 8, 2013 4:32 PM

    Gosh Mike McNeil, maybe you should wear a suit to court? I know a great place in Tuscaloosa I can recommend.

  12. thegamecocker says: Apr 8, 2013 4:38 PM

    @jrillah10

    Nah, I certainly do not condone what Coach Rice did last year. But, he paid a price emotionally, financially, and he has been humiliated in the press. After all. isn’t that where most trials take place these days anyway? Eric Murdock is most likely someone you’ve never heard of. He never knew his father and he grew up under his grandma-ma with about 9 other wonderfully “successful” children. And you should really use spell check because you can’t even spell crotch….but you are an Auburn grad so I’m not that surprised. BTW, can you say the word “PROBATION”…..?

  13. auburntigers34 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:49 PM

    can YOU say PROBATION? South Carolina’s on it right now. Auburn isn’t.

  14. auburntigers34 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:51 PM

    in case gamecocker missed this…..

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-27/south-carolina-gets-three-years-of-probation-for-ncaa-violations.html

  15. thefiesty1 says: Apr 8, 2013 9:11 PM

    15 years! What a dumb a$$.

  16. thegamecocker says: Apr 8, 2013 10:04 PM

    @auburntige

    @auburntigers34

    No big thing. When you are banned from bowl games, that’s probation….6 schollys, some cash, no big deal. You guys are headed to the hornets nest of the NCAA. Go get ‘em Selena Roberts…..

  17. 1990tiger says: Apr 8, 2013 10:25 PM

    Haha….some things never change. I see gamecocker’s inexplicable hatred for Auburn is still going strong. He thinks if he wishes it enough (Auburn on probation), it will happen.

    While I frequently doubted Chizik’s ability as a head football coach, I never had any reason to question his character. I could be wrong but I find it difficult to believe that the things alleged in Roberts’ article happened under Chizik.

  18. Deb says: Apr 8, 2013 10:42 PM

    @thegamecocker …

    We’ve had this conversation before, and even as a Bama fan, I’m never going to understand this hate-on you have for Auburn. No, I don’t believe things were quite kosher where Newton was concerned. But no one can prove that, so everyone needs to let it go. I’m okay with letting it go because Newton was a superior athlete and Auburn did beat us on the field of play. It’s not like anyone deflated the footballs, rigged the scoreboard, or put in a ringer from Lombardi’s Packers. And if someone did pay him, I can guarantee you that wasn’t engineered by Coach Chizik. That would have come from someone well above his pay grade. Otherwise, I haven’t heard anything yet that lends credibility to Roberts’s story.

    As for your other comments, I thought what Linda (not Debbie) Tripp did was despicable, but as a cancer survivor myself would not wish that on anyone. As far as I know, she had a cancer battle several years ago and is living quietly with her family today running a Christmas shop.

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 8, 2013 11:47 PM

    packerbadger says: Apr 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    Another fine SEC “graduate” using the degree he “earned” from his SEC school. Yeah, after college doesn’t matter. See what happens when you go to an SEC school as a “student” athlete? Well, I guess the SEC graduates will continue to keep the prison guards employed!

    Yep, just like those B1G graduates Maurice Clarett and Art Schlister, right packerbadger?

  20. thegamecocker says: Apr 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    @deb

    I pray for your continued good health and happiness.

    You say: “No, I don’t believe things were quite kosher where Newton was concerned…..But no one can prove that.”

    I agree with your intuition. The jury in the Simpson murders did not believe the evidence and he was found “Not Guilty”. But in the eyes of the public, OJ was guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. I believe that to be the case with Cam Newton and I feel Auburn’s NC was not legitimately earned. Nor do I feel Auburn was ever reprimanded. Now we see Selena Roberts (not particularly fond of her either…but the enemy of your enemy is your friend sometimes) expose some serious issues within the Auburn football family. I would like to see that fully flushed out b/c that brings negative publicity to Auburn. Linda Tripp is a monster and the supreme being above has plans for folks like her….and Eric Murdock. BTW, love the term “hate-on”…I think you coined a new phrase. Nice job. The Gamecocker

  21. jrillah10 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    @cockblocker

    I was on my iPhone. I apologize for not hitting spell check for you. I should have known the ‘grammar police” in you would have come out. I’ve heard of Eric Murdock. Does that make him a bad person because he never knew his father? I know plenty of people who never knew there father and they are just fine. And as usual, you go to the extreme to try and make a point about Auburn. Comparing the Cam Newton alleged incident to OJ murdering people is a bit ridiculous. But I like that you continue to try and make an excuse for the asswhipping you took in the SEC title game. “Auburn cheated” Blah, Blah, Blah. You’re pathetic.

  22. Deb says: Apr 9, 2013 7:49 PM

    @thegamecocker …

    Thank you for the well wishes. :) I’d love to take credit for “hate-on,” but that one didn’t originate with me. Yes, I’m good with leaving Linda Tripp to God, but afraid I’m not familiar with the Murdock situation.

    For me, the Simpson analogy is overused and given far too much signifcance as an example of justice thwarted. It was simply an incompetent prosecution, and that’s what happens when people fail to do their jobs. In that case, the prosecution bungled the evidence. In this situation, no evidence exists. No one has found a money trail leading from Auburn to Cam Newton–and not for lack of trying. In the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, the Auburn fanbase–who wouldn’t have been responsible anyway–deserve to enjoy their title in peace.

  23. mvktr2 says: Apr 10, 2013 3:11 AM

    Accepting a plea deal has little to do with guilt/innocence. Less than 1% of criminal charges are aired in open court meaning 99% of those charged forego their day in court, just the way the state likes it. For those charged with non-violent/victimless crimes NEVER TAKE A PLEA, clog up the system, make it collapse under it’s own weight. America, land of the free with the highest pure number and highest incarceration rate on earth! America, 4% of world’s population, 24% of world’s prison population. Our system of (in)justice is hopelessly broken. It’s time to institute jury nullification for non-violent/victimless crimes!

  24. packerbadger says: Apr 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    Well, at least he can fall back on his fine SEC education……..er…..um…..nevermind.

    “Want fries with that?”

  25. packerbadger says: Apr 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    amosalanzostagg: Yep, just like those B1G graduates Maurice Clarett and Art Schlister, right packerbadger?
    =================================
    Nooooo….I was thinking more like Tom Brady, Al Toon, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Joe Thomas, etc. You have more idiots and crooks in the news the last couple weeks than the Big 10 has in a long time! lol!

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