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Report: Cam Newton was offered to colleges for cash

By Cindy Boren

Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback who is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy this year, has been linked to allegations of wrong-doing, according to an ESPN report.

When Newton was being recruited out of junior college last year, a man who said he represented the quarterback reportedly was soliciting a six-figure payment in return for Newton's signature on a letter of intent.

John Bond, the former Mississippi State quarterback, said that a teammate of his back in the early 1980s, contacted him, purporting to represent Newton, after Newton's visit to Mississippi State. ESPN reports that the former teammate is Kenny Rogers, who played at Mississippi State from 1982 to '85. He now runs Elite Football Preparation, a company that, according to a 2008 Birmingham News story, "matches high school athletes with college programs."

"He said it would take some cash to get Cam," Bond told ESPN. "I called our athletic director, Greg Byrne, and he took it from there. That was pretty much it."

Cam Newton's father, Cecil, denied the allegations.

"If Rogers tried to solicit money from Mississippi State, he did it on his own, without our knowledge," Cecil Newton said.

So, if you're the Heisman Trophy Trust, doesn't this make you break out in hives? Particularly since, only two months ago, Reggie Bush returned the award (ahead of possibly being stripped of it). Or maybe you just shrug and note that there probably has never been a completely clean athlete. And if you're really lucky, the claim turns out to be

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 8:29 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Ok, please change this article, or remove it all together. It is extremely misleading.

You obviously have no idea you are doing to the credibility of Cam Newton. He has done nothing wrong and is not under investigation. Mississippi State and Kenny Rogers are the ones under investigation because CAM DID NOTHING WRONG. You obviously have not done enough research and it's very disheartening to see irresponsible journalism such as this.

I repeat, CAM DID NOTHING WRONG. HE IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION. Please do not imply that he did.

Posted by: HML03 | November 5, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

As a reply I would like to state that Cam is in fact under investigation and it isn't just this news source reporting this story it is everywhere from the Washington Post to Espn and the NY Times. Seems like something fishy is going on! Usually where there's smoke there's fire and Cam Newton is just the kind of criminal he is being accused of. This kid was arrested in Novemebr of 2008 on several charges, he is no siant.

Posted by: Voodoofoxx | November 5, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

While I agree that Cameron is no saint, I wonder why MS State has chosen to make this public at this time. I'm aware that the investigation started months ago.

Cameron, and it appears his entire family and the churches that his father is affliated with, have turned over their financial records and nothing was found of them recieving money. Now, I know money can be laundered but, please, in this day and time of such scrutiny of athletes who would do something so stupid?

MS State to Auburn as Univ of Tenn is to Alabama??

War Eagle!

Posted by: ramona54 | November 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Why is our country becoming so lazy and so negative? First off, he never stole a laptop but bought a stolen laptop. He was never arrested, never convicted and didn't get kicked out of Florida. He has paid for his sins in Blynn College and deserves a second chance.

Second, Auburn is NOT under investigation. Auburn learned of this in July, scoured phone and financial records and found Cam did nothing wrong. This too is in the press but buried probably because it isn't juicy enough.

Why negative? Why assume the worst? Does it make you feel like a good person? I am sure you never did anything wrong in college, just classes and church right?

I hope everything starts to work out in your life, that you become a happy person who can enjoy life not look for the bad in everyone else

Posted by: dchunnjr1 | November 5, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Anybody can allege anything - for example, I allege that Cindy Boren likes to wear nothing but peanut butter around her dog. Doesn't mean its true, but hey, when a Post reporter is obviously too lazy to even read past the headlines of the stories that other media outlets have written, why should I try to be truthful. If Boren had put in even a minimal effort did, she would see that (i) MSU was approached by their alumni soliciting cash for Cam newton; (ii) MSU continue to recruit Cam Newton despite this attempt by the prominent MSU alumni; (iii) the extortion of MSU by its alumni was known within the SEC office for months; (iv) there are no allegations that Cam or Auburn engaged in any wrongdoing.
Boren did not concern herself with journalistic ethics (such as they are at the Post) because she needed to put something on your web page since her pay reflects in part the numbers of page views she receives.

Posted by: alvint | November 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Cam,step aside for Denard.

Posted by: socaloralpleazer | November 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

To VooDooFox: Cam is not under investigation by anyone...and he was cleared of all suspicion a couple of years back when he found out after he purchased a lap top that it had been stolen. Get your facts straight...just because something is in the paper doesn't make it true. Remember, the media has more of an obligation at this time to make a name for themselves than to report the facts.

Posted by: TerRoz | November 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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