Cam Newton allegations complicate the Heisman Trophy process
Finally, someone is using the "S" word in connection with the whole play-for-pay scheme that is allegedly involving Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father, Cecil.
Doug Zeit, a lawyer for Kenny Rogers, said it was "a stupid decision" for his client to send a fellow Mississippi State booster a text of Cecil Newton's payment plan, a plan that would ensure that his son committed to play for the Bulldogs.
"I'm not even sure Kenny completely understands why he did it," Zeit told the Associated Press. "The best I can tell you is Cecil Newton made a few calls insisting that he do it, so Kenny went ahead and sent the text message."
Zeit confirmed Rogers sent the text to Bill Bell requesting $80,000 the day after Cam Newton signed with MSU, $50,000 30 days later and another $50,000 30 days after that. Zeit said no money was exchanged.
"I can't tell you what Cecil Newton was thinking," Zeit said. "What I do know is he told Kenny Rogers that it would take $180,000 to sign his son, and he told him 'This is how I want it done.' "
George Lawson, the Newtons' lawyer, told an Atlanta TV station that he is "one million percent" certain Cam Newton took no money and that, if Cecil Newton discussed money, his son "knew nothing" about it.
Of course, Cam Newton signed with Auburn and now has irretrievably ratcheted up the matter by becoming the best player in college football and the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.
Where does this leave Heisman voters, most of whom are members of the media (The Post's policy prohibits participation)? Ballots were "mailed" (so quaint that they're trying to help the Post Office make ends meet) to the 925 Heisman voters on Monday and the deadline for voting is Dec. 6. It would be delightfully simple if the investigation into this murky matter were concluded by then, but there's no way, at least on this planet, that that happens. No doubt voters will wait til the last possible moment and submit their votes online.
"As long as Cam Newton is eligible to play, he gets my full consideration," John Hunt, a Heisman voter from The Oregonian, told the New York Times. "And if the season were to end right now, he'd get my No. 1 vote. The Heisman Trust can take away a trophy, but as voters, we're not in that business."
| November 19, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
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