The scandal which links Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, his father and alleged sell-off to Mississippi State continued to roll as both FBI and NCAA investigation dig into the allegations and incident. The FBI recently talked to John Bond, a former Mississippi State player who helped sparked the NCAA’s investigation on Newton. According to Bond’s attorney, their client will fully cooperate with both the NCAA and the FBI.
According to Bond, Newton’s father asked for $180,000 in exchange for Newton’s signing with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The man who had been talking with Newton’s father was identified as Kenny Rogers (not the singer). Rogers is expected to appear at the NCAA investigation panel soon according to Doug Zeit, Roger’s attorney.
Cecil, Newton’s father had been negotiating for a $100,000 to $180,000 in cash and/or benefits in order for Newton to sign up for the Bulldogs. However, Mississippi State refused the offer since according to NCAA rules, “the solicitation of cash or benefits by a prospective student-athlete or another individual on his or her behalf is not allowed under NCAA rules.” Scott Stricklin, Mississippi State athletic director already released in a statement confirming the allegations however the amount was not expressly stated.
Despite the allegations, Auburn defended Cam Newton saying that Newton is an “eligible student-athlete.” They also contended that since it was not confirmed whether Newton did acknowledge the acts of his father, it would be premature to really condemn Newton on such allegations.
Cam Newton’s latest show of power and strength came over Auburn’s latest win against Georgia last week.