Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Auburn players claim they were paid
By Chris Low
It was a controversial run to the 2010 BCS national championship for Auburn, and now this ...
On Wednesday night, an HBO Real Sports special will detail stories by four former Auburn players who say they were paid during their time at Auburn. All of the players were recruited and played under Tommy Tuberville -- Stanley McClover (2003-05), Troy Reddick (2002-05), Chaz Ramsey (2007) and Raven Gray (2008).
It should be noted that Gray was a highly recruited junior college player, but never played during his year at Auburn. Ramsey was obviously disgruntled when he left. He filed a lawsuit against former Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall and former Auburn trainer Arnold Gamber in federal court in 2009 alleging that the two men's actions caused Ramsey, a freshman All-SEC offensive lineman, to suffer a career-ending injury during his rehabilitation from back surgery. Nall was later dismissed from the suit.
The SportsByBrooks website received an advance copy of the show, which will air from 10-11 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
McClover said he once received $4,000 after collecting four sacks against Alabama. He also said he received sexual favors at Ohio State during the recruiting process. McClover initially committed to Ohio State, but said he switched to Auburn after receiving money.
Auburn declined to comment on the report, telling HBO, "Auburn athletics respectfully declines to comment on these alleged claims apparently made by a few former football players. Compliance with all NCAA and Southeastern Conference rules is a major emphasis and top priority for all of our athletic programs at Auburn University."