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Alabama responds to reports of potential memorabilia violations

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A disassociated booster is allegedly selling Alabama memorabilia with signatures of players from the 2013 team including AJ McCarron and TJ Yeldon, which could be classified as an NCAA violation. The sale of the memorabilia may also be a violation of the terms outlined in a disassociation letter, although at this point in time there is no concrete evidence to support that. Regardless, Alabama is aware of the situation and issued a response Thursday night to address it.

“We are aware of the story produced today,” Alabama athletics director Bill Battle said. “As part of our ongoing compliance efforts, our compliance department looks into everything that warrants concern. That effort is diligent and all-encompassing, and requires constant communication and education regarding all potential issues.

As Outkick the Coverage reports T-Town Gallery is owned by Tom Albetar, who was previously disassociated from Alabama’s athletic program after questionable merchandise was put on sale at a previous store and location. According to the report game-worn jerseys and signatures were among the many items available for sale with current or recent Alabama football players. The sale of this merchandise would be a direct violation of one of the requests issued to Albetar when he was informed of Alabama’s decision to end the relationship.

As AL.com notes, Albetar was specifically asked not to obtain any items of memorabilia from student-athletes and autographs from student-athletes while they are in the store. And there is your gray area.

For the NCAA to slam Alabama with any possible sanctions, they will need to gather concrete evidence proving current Alabama players signed items in exchange for money. If the Johnny Manziel episode from last summer is any indication, that can be difficult to prove.

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23 Responses to “Alabama responds to reports of potential memorabilia violations”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 16, 2014 9:46 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  2. BrownsTown says: Jan 16, 2014 9:53 PM

    Tom Al-Betar. Oh wait, now people care.

    The compliance office had better sweep this one away again.

  3. jrs45 says: Jan 16, 2014 9:55 PM

    Rut Roh!

  4. jrs45 says: Jan 16, 2014 9:56 PM

    SellEveryonesChampionships!

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 16, 2014 10:07 PM

    Nothing to see here. Johnny Manziel however, is a punk ass bitch – Darren Rovell

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 16, 2014 10:11 PM

    And just in case your sarcasm meter is broken, just go search for Teddy Bridgewater memorabilia. Or Rapist Winston. Neither one of them are in the SEC. Yet their Johnny Manziel, er John Hancock is also readily available.

    This isn’t an SEC issue, it’s an NCAA issue that prevents people with talent from earning money while they get their education.

  7. buckeye044 says: Jan 16, 2014 10:22 PM

    I’ll never understand adults and their need to buy autographs

  8. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 17, 2014 12:09 AM

    DOWN IN FLAMES

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 17, 2014 5:06 AM

    I’ve always wondered just how dirty college football really is. Way too many boosters and too many kids who grew up with next to nothing doesn’t make for a good combination.

    As posted above, you can find autographs of many NCAA players. One rule that should be changed is a player should be able to sell/give out his or her own autograph.

  10. aw230012 says: Jan 17, 2014 8:45 AM

    This is the first possible infractions involving T-Town. NCAA let Bama off the last time because Bama sent a “cease and desist” letter to T-Town. I wonder what will happen this time, especially after a season of exposed improprieties involving a furnished apartment for D.J. Fluker, loans made, trips for parents paid for, etc…?

  11. mydixienormus says: Jan 17, 2014 9:17 AM

    SEC Fan logic tells us the following:

    The ACC is the best conference in football because one of their teams won the National Championship.

    Any questions?

  12. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:26 AM

    Yeah except these are a few items and not a video of signing 100s of items. Dirty boosters…

  13. dhardy8207 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:52 AM

    In order for players to avoid this situation they would absolutely stop giving out autographs totally and that would even include those signed at games for the fans. Once a player gives his autograph to a random person they have no control over what that individual does with the autograph.

    Since the university had sent a previous letter of disassociation to this individual then I seriously doubt players would have given autographs for sale.

  14. rolltide510 says: Jan 17, 2014 10:19 AM

    mydixienormus says:
    Jan 17, 2014 9:17 AM
    SEC Fan logic tells us the following:

    The ACC is the best conference in football because one of their teams won the National Championship.

    Any questions?

    ————————

    None from me. You could make a good case for the PAC, but I don’t even think you could find many Super Walmart shoppers who would claim the SEC was the best conference in football this year.

  15. mydixienormus says: Jan 17, 2014 10:24 AM

    Rolltide:

    Your Walmart comment made me laugh.

    I am a Pac-12 guy and was impressed with their season. Although Stanford’s predictability was terrible to watch.

    The whole “we won the national championship so our conference is wicked awesome” chant got very tiring over the last 8-years. Just glad we don’t have to listen to that for a year or so.

    Enjoy Lane Kiffen…

  16. big64d says: Jan 17, 2014 10:41 AM

    AJ is just giving his last signature before he goes undrafted and is picking up jocks for real QBs in the NFL.

  17. MasMacho says: Jan 17, 2014 11:47 AM

    (Let’s treat these guys like Ohio State)

    “Saban is a crook.”
    “Vacate their titles, they’re a sham.”
    “Highest payroll in the NCAA.”
    “Cheating through their booster program.”
    (and so on…)

    This registers a big fat “So what?” for me. Stop exploiting the athletes for billions, and they’ll stop exploiting themselves for hundreds.

  18. timaug says: Jan 17, 2014 12:57 PM

    Alabama doing something unethical ?
    SABIN DOING SOMETHING UNETHICAL ?
    Come On !

  19. pricecube says: Jan 17, 2014 2:51 PM

    Funny how Ohio State got clobbered for much less…

  20. guinsrule says: Jan 17, 2014 4:16 PM

    The NCAA president, Mark Emmert, is an old friend of Nick Saban. Emmert was responsible for hiring Saban at LSU. Does anybody believe he’d do anything to hurt Saban?

  21. scbaby2013 says: Jan 18, 2014 12:04 AM

    NCAA won’t do anything. If they don’t have the balls to sanction Miami they won’t do anything here.

  22. sprtmano says: Jan 18, 2014 10:11 AM

    Alabama is corrupt, corrupt, and corrupt to the core.

  23. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 18, 2014 11:46 AM

    If Alabama is corrupt, why is the compliance department self reporting an event in which no one with the University Administration or Athletic Department even involved with the alleged violation?

    Ohio State, in which Tressel, an Ohio State employee, covered up the violations not once but twice in order to protect the football program AND lied to NCAA investigators. That is what EARNED Ohio State the penalties and a 5 year show cause order against Tressel.

    The cover up always is worse than the original infraction.

    There is way too much money involved today to
    even think Alabama would endanger a money making machine like Bama football. That is why they self reported and the NCAA will look at the reporting as “Institutional Control”.

    RTR

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