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Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 1:55 pm
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Posted by Chip Patterson

First Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatened a lawsuit during an outraged radio interview, and now the photographer brought into question for paying Pryor for signed memorabilia has issued a denial of his own. Columbus photographer Dennis Talbott denied ever giving money to Pryor when speaking to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Thursday.

"They are potentially destroying people's lives," Talbott said in a phone interview. "It's not true. I haven't given him a dollar. I haven't given him anything perceived as an improper benefit."

In the damning anonymous interview on ESPN's Outside the Lines, a former friend of Pryor suggested that as many as 35 to 40 payments were made by Talbott for memorabilia, with the total earned ranging anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. The website Sports By Brooks ran their own investigation on Talbott, collecting a series of photos and screen shots which suggest Talbott has not only been using an eBay name, "infickelwetrust," to sell autographed and game-used items from Ohio State football players, but also has been operating a side business - Varsity O Memorabilia, to sell signed memorabilia. Photos from Varsity O's Facebook page show items being signed/signed by A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis, Beanie Wells, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Maurice Wells, Mike D'Andrea, Troy Smith, Quinn Pitcock, and former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

Talbott tried to tell the Plain-Dealer that he doesn't "have the wherewithal" to shell out the kind of money reported in the Outside the Lines piece. If Talbott, 40, has been running this multiple organization operation he should surely have the cash to arrange these payments. As far as the "infickelwetrust" eBay account, by Wednesday night the account had been deleted and all of the items had been removed.

Another case of he said-she said in Columbus, as the scandal slowly unravels and reveals a community - not just a coach - embracing ignorance in order to experience immediate success and gratification.
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Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

keep digging media keep digging!! so far every story that has come out after the tat 5 have been busted all this has been he said she said crap. of course all the osu haters have jumped on this like a drunk chick passed out on roofies!! still think the bucks won't get anything worse then USC. 



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:26 am
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

I hope your right, but do you think what ever happens to Ohio state will stop another program from the same type of stuff. I know what Ohio State has done is wrong and they should be punished. I am and have been a fan for all of my 47 years, I know that the next 3-10 years may be a struggle, I hope the punishment is enough that the rest of the college football world will be happy. The thing that the rest of the country doesn't under stand is that the shoe will still be full, and the fans will hold the next coach in high regards as they did Jim T. WE just love our football, we are just like Texas, and Florida, and PA, when it comes to football. This is the worst thing that we could think of happenning, I don't think we really know what to do in this situation, we dont want to support a rule cheater but most of us are just fans of the team. The men and the boys(Players) who have brought this down on us should be punished to the limit of the NCAA rules, and I beleive they will be, just remember that the scarlet and grey will still be loved and followed by more than 105,000 thousand every Saturday, right or wrong that will never change. I guess what i'm trying to say is, that we don't condone what has happened, but we as a fan base are the best you could hope for. the ones who have cheated and profited from there ill gains will get there just dues, and the ones who come through on the other end will be our heroes and champions again. Buckeye fans it is time to sit down, shut up, and take are medicine. In the not so far future we will cheer the champions again, but untill then we must swallow our pride and let the rest of the college world enjoy our delima. Good luck to you MR Fickell, and the rest of the survivors of this situation.  GO Bucks Beat Blue!!! 



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:02 am
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

This is what happens when people lie and then try to cover things up. Once someone spills the beans then everyone steps up to the plate with their story of fruad and corruption. You knew once Gee and Smith stood up and said they had hoped that Tressel would not fire them that they exposed the program as nothing more than an ATM machine for the school and as long as the money came in they did not give a hoot.

Had the board done the correct thing and demand the resignations from Gee who had embarrassed the university prior to this inciedent, Smith for being the one that oversaw this mess yet claimed to be clueless, and Tressel for not reporting but more importantally lying, OSU would be on its way to getting this behind them. Now we have a story each and everyday that makes this place look worse than SMU.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:41 am
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

I didnt say all at once, Im saying I highly doubt a guy who's income is coming from occupations that traditionally are considered middle class at best has that kind of money to spend on some kid. We are not talking about a CEO for some major company.

I just dont think you grasp the actually amount of 20k to 40k. Until there is hard evidence of these money transactions its just garbage. Just like Thadeous Gibson didnt pay for his car, when in fact he is still paying on the loan. Just like the SI story named Storm Klein as one of the players involved with the tat scandal even thou guess what Storm has no tattoos.

I dont mind getting banged around on what we did, and Tress did have to go, But enough of this he said she said BS media coverage.
I understand the OSU fan base frustration from all the reports -- This was one of the main reasons I had said when the NCAA announced their investigation that the school was going to be dragged thru the mud.  Especially in this time of social media outlets and the internet -- every little story is going to be reported.

I think the true smoking gun for the school is the tickets given to these random guys by players.  Talbot was given tickets to games by many players -- In 2008 or 2009, he was given free tickets to 8 games.  If the players are getting nothing from this guy -- Why in god's green earth would they give a simple photographer free tickets???  Same with the car dealership guy???  Players gave him tickets to so many games -- he was put on a banned list after 2010.  You don't think OSU knew something shady was going on???  He was given free tickets and field passes to the National Championship game and this past years BCS game.  If all he is doing is selling them a car -- why are all these players giving him free tickets????

If Talbot was doing no wrong -- Why would he shut down his eBay account where he was selling autographed OSU items???  And if he was truly making middle class money -- How is he a member at a Private Golf Country Club???  He had to be doing alright if he could afford something like that???  

I think the OSU fan base now is realizing why I said -- Once the investigation is complete -- the last thing they are going to want to do is celebrate Jim Tressel.  I don't think you will be seeing any parties at his front door any time soon.  Once the sanctions are handed down -- I'm guessing Tressel's house will be up for sale and he will be moving.



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:07 am
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

I didnt say all at once, Im saying I highly doubt a guy who's income is coming from occupations that traditionally are considered middle class at best has that kind of money to spend on some kid. We are not talking about a CEO for some major company.

I just dont think you grasp the actually amount of 20k to 40k. Until there is hard evidence of these money transactions its just garbage. Just like Thadeous Gibson didnt pay for his car, when in fact he is still paying on the loan. Just like the SI story named Storm Klein as one of the players involved with the tat scandal even thou guess what Storm has no tattoos.

I dont mind getting banged around on what we did, and Tress did have to go, But enough of this he said she said BS media coverage.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:05 am
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

"Who recently has been winning bigten championship in hoops, as well as football?  Is it Sparty, or........   "

big10 championships? who cares. wisconsin has a ton of big 10 championships in basketball. how many final 4's have ohio st been to lately? any championships since i been alive? number 1 seed this year, just to choke. so i wouldnt bring up basketball idiot! last time i looked sparty won the big 10 in football last year. if tressell wouldnt had cheated and reported the infractions sparty would of been rose bowl bound. but im not going to cry like the buckeye fans. you got some hard years ahead of you.

LMAO OHIO ST HAS 2 FINAL 4'S IN 43 YEARS? WOW! I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOOD BY THE WAY YOU WERE RUNNING YOUR MOUTH....2? ahahahaha izzo had 3 in a row!

"Bring back John L, so we can watch him smack himself silly some more.... when I think MSU football, that honestly is the first thing that pops into my head....  funny, eh?"

you know what pops into my head when i think of ohio st football?....tattoos, cars, liars, cheaters, drugs, money, memorabilia, lawyers using the word "slavery", terrelle pryor saying..."im terrelle pryor i get what i want", prostitutes, inbred hillbillies, gold pants, and the list will get longer.....everyday a new ohio st story emerges. ahahahahahahaha


"Who is your coach, he came from where, working side by side with his pal who?"

he worked side by side with alot of pals. it isnt like tressell gave him his first job. and if he is found out to be a cheater and a liar like the vest.....you can bet i would want him fired. no 1 person is bigger than our university. maybe thats because i actually went to the college i root for and your just a walmart fan who just likes ohio st because they win. dont matter how, just as long as they win. then when they get caught RED HANDED, all these walmart fans want to say its a witch hunt. everyone is just HATING on you guys. because your so awesome and great......blah im puking now.

enjoy not winning anything for awhile. your lucky michigan is at its worst of all-time. at least they still have their integrity.

BUT HEY JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER OHLIO ST FANS.........BLAME CAM NEWTON......BECAUSE TRESSELL AND PRYOR ARE INNOCENT.

now hokeisajoke, your a joke! im done with you! your a rookie, who acts like hes 12. just a few weeks ago you claimed tressell will never leave or be fired. lol how did that prediction go?







Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

It just keeps getting worse. Curious to see the ncaas ruling and what will be handed down. Definitely gotta be harsher than what USC got. 



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

I hope they look into the OSU hoops program too. Hey, ya never know.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Photographer: 'I haven't given [Pryor] a dollar'

deny deny deny


Hoke is a Joke
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:00 pm
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