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Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

Posted on: March 29, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 1:26 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli There have been rumors floating around the internet for weeks about a story HBO was doing for its Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that would not shed a favorful light on Auburn. The program is set to air on Wednesday night, but Brooks from SportsByBrooks received an advanced copy of the show, and there are quite a few bombshells dropped in the interview. Brooks was kind enough to transcribe the interviews. Here's a taste of the talk between HBO's Andrea Kremer and former Auburn Tiger Stanley McClover.
Kremer voiceover: “McLover said it wasn’t until he attended an all-star camp at Louisiana State University that he realized how the game is played. A game of money and influence.” McClover: “Somebody came to me, I don’t even know this person and he was like, ‘we would love for you to come to LSU and he gave me a handshake and it had five hundred dollars in there. … that’s called a money handshake … I grabbed it and I’m like, ‘wow,’ hell I thought ten dollars was a lot of money back then. Five hundred dollars for doing nothing but what I was blessed to do. I was happy.” Kremer to McClover: “What did you say to the guy when he hands you five hundred dollars?” McClover: “Thank you and I’m seriously thinking about coming to LSU.” Kremer voiceover: “But McClover says there were money handshakes from boosters at other football camps too. At Auburn for a couple hundred dollars and at Michigan State. All the schools denied any wrongdoing. And things really started heating up a few months later when he went to Ohio State for an official visit where schools get a chance for one weekend to host prospective athletes. McClover says there were money handshakes from alumni there too. About a thousand dollars. And something else to entice him.” McClover: “They send girls my way. I partied. When I got there I met up with a couple guys from the team. We went to a party and they asked me to pick any girl I wanted.” Kremer: “Did she offer sexual services?“ McClover: “Yes.” Kremer: “Did you take them?” McClover: “Yes.” Kremer: “McClover committed to Ohio State right after that weekend. The recruiter at Ohio State who says he dealt with McClover that weekend denied the school was involved in any wrongdoing.” On what caused McClover to sign with Auburn over Ohio State: Kremer voiceover: “McClover says what he asked for was money. A lot of it. And that he got it. Delivered in a bookbag, exact amount unknown.” Kremer to McClover: “You opened it up, what are you thinking?” McClover: “I almost passed out. I literally almost passed out I couldn’t believe it was true. I felt like I owed them.” Kremer to McClover: “You felt obligated to them (Auburn)?” McClover: “I felt totally obligated.” Kremer to McClover: “Because of the money?” McClover: “Yeah.”
The word that should be in your head as you read that is the same one that was stuck in mine the entire time: Wow. In just one segment of the interview we have McClover not only saying that he was given money by Auburn to attend the school, but also that he received money from LSU, Michigan State and Ohio State during his recruitment. Oh, and then the tiny tidbit of Ohio State basically hiring a prostitute to help convince McClover to come to Columbus. And remember, this is just the interview with McClover. The talks with other former Auburn players Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick and Raven Gray don't exactly do Auburn any more favors. There's Reddick saying that Auburn wanted him to change his major because they felt his class schedule was getting in the way of football, and McClover also saying a booster bought a car for him.  Now, it's important to point out that there's no way to prove what these players are saying is true, which I'm sure plenty of Auburn fans will point out in the coming days. Still, the fact that four players are coming out and saying so, without any real motivation, makes you wonder what, if anything, they'd have to gain by lying about all this. Of course, this isn't the first time in the history of college football that players have been paid, and it won't be the last either. To pretend like this isn't going on at other schools right this very moment would be incredibly naive, but obviously, this is not good news for Auburn. If Auburn thought he Cam Newton sideshow was a distraction in 2010, well, things won't be any quieter on the plains in the coming months either.
Comments

Since: Mar 4, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

no. not all sports. that would be silly. read it again.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

This is how you treat and great educational and sport institution by making slanderous remarks, with absolutely no truth or validity.

No slander involved on the poster of the article, he made a statement about what the players told HBO. The issue you should have is with your fellow brothers of the university who made the accusations.

Didnt make it to the professional level so they take it out on the school. 

One did make it to the pro's and played for a few seasons. I am not sure about the others, but i do know one played at the next level. Sounds like a true case of no loyalty to me.

Money rules the world and loyalty only goes so far. Maybe they had deals worked out for other things after football and got shafted by the present group of boosters and administration running the show. No one knows what goes through the minds of money hungry people except they will do whatever it takes to get it. Good jounalists can find a story if there is one and obviously this one presented itself or HBO would have never found this info out.




Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

Now, it's important to point out that there's no way to prove what these players are saying is true, which I'm sure plenty of Auburn fans will point out in the coming days. Still, the fact that four players are coming out and saying so, without any real motivation, makes you wonder what, if anything, they'd have to gain by lying about all this. Of course, this isn't the first time in the history of college football that players have been paid, and it won't be the last either. To pretend like this isn't going on at other schools right this very moment would be incredibly naive, but obviously, this is not good news for Auburn.


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Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

This is how you treat and great educational and sport institution by making slanderous remarks, with absolutely no truth or validity.  Sounds just like the Eric Ramsey case. Didnt make it to the professional level so they take it out on the school.  Sounds like money IS the issue here, more like the former EX players that need it,  Did anyone ask how much HBO paid these EX players to make such ridiculous comments, and why is coming out 7 years later, guess all that signing bonus money is gone.




Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

A few tangential items present themselves to me, beyond the matter of NCAA violations, unfair competition, etc.  The first is the income tax impact of this arrangement.  I'm pretty sure the athletes think that these are gifts and that they do not need to be returned as income.  Unfortunately, words like "obligation" argue otherwise. And don't think that it is only the athlete that has tax obligations.  The institution may well have reporting obligations too.  I've never heard notice that the IRS has been involved in these matters before, but I would be very surprized if they did not get involved (for a number of reasons).

My second item involves the Cam Newton story - isn't the factual situation of that story eerily similar to this one.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

What do you think the so-called five or even four star athletes would want?  Additonal money under the table!  That's the way it is now, nothing changes with paying these so-called student-athletes.  The "rich" schools can pay the most and will almost always "buy" the better athletes.  Universities paying the athletes (even if they could afford those millions of $) would solve absolutely nothing.

This is absolutely true...doesn't solve the problem at all...well said



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

Are you nuts?  Which athletes get "paid"?  All sports?  Women's sports included (they better be!)?  You are talking about 300 or so athletes being paid a total from $9,000,000 to $22,500,000.  I am using your figures of $30-75K per student-athlete.  What do you think the so-called five or even four star athletes would want?  Additonal money under the table!  That's the way it is now, nothing changes with paying these so-called student-athletes.  The "rich" schools can pay the most and will almost always "buy" the better athletes.  Universities paying the athletes (even if they could afford those millions of $) would solve absolutely nothing.  If you were involved in any way with college athletics, you would have a better understanding of what goes on.  People that advance these loony "solutions" are naive at best, and dangerous to our universities at worse. 



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

I feel the system works well.  As an OSU Alum, I am disappointed in what's transpired at OSU.  The system is slow but if a university does wrong, it will get busted eventually.

I also think the punishment should fit the crime.  Violations should be treated like speeding tickets, the worse the violation, the stiffer the fine. 

IMO, this was such a piddly $ amount, I can't believe it has gotten blown so far out of proportion for the players.  Coach Tress not disclosing, I am not sure we have the full story.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

mcclover left school early was a bust in the nfl .ronnie brown ask him what he was doing he claimed it was about helping his kids camp he has and chaz he tried to sue auburn over a weightlifting accident the other 2 hardly seen playing time and if dont think hbo didnt pay them anything your out of your mind. they well a bunch of players who wasnt good enuff to move on now they got there last 15 min of fame to never be heard from again!!! real classy guys



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

It would be nice to fix all this stuff except for the fact that basketball and football help fund our universities. The USA has the best research, teachers, students  and facilities in the world. If college bb and fb went semipro you can say goodbye to all university sports, as well as those academic benefits since all women's sports and most men's sports lose money. College bball and fball are the reason why europe can't keep up with us in universities. These sports are the reason alumni donate money to their universities, the high rollers with money love competing through their programs. I say keep the system how it is. For most of these guys, this will be the peak of their lives. And if they are smart, they will take advantage of the 100K education they're getting for free. Let them enjoy it.





Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

Yeah, is anyone really surprised by this? And it doesn't matter what conf you are, this goes on. I think the few exceptions might be the service academies in D1 sports.
And I love the comment by the author: Oh, and then the tiny tidbit of Ohio State basically hiring a prostitute to help convince McClover to come to Columbus.

Have you ever been to a party at a college or with athletes. I seriously doubt these girls were paid, maybe with free booze but I'm sure they made the conscious decition to go with this football player. Hell the same thing happens at fratenities to get new students in, it's college that's just a benefit of being a football star. And I don't blame the guy at all for taking the girl. Believe me, this stuff doesn't just happen at Ohio St, it happens at all the big schools, and even the MAC school I went to. Ah good times...


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