The Cam Newton recruitment allegations aren’t done yet, as more facts of a possible NCAA investigation came out today. It turns out that Newton’s father (Cecil Newton), is now accused of putting a price on his son going to play football at Mississippi State.
According to ESPN, it is former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers that has come forward with these latest allegations. It seems that Rogers isn’t shining particularly flattering light on himself though, because in his accusations, he also admits to seeking money from Mississippi State in order to bring Cam Newton into the fold. This certainly brings up a lot of questions about the morality and ethics of recruiting in college football, and raises a lot of red flags about the type of person that Rogers might be.
Rogers took to the airwaves to spread his allegations on ESPN radio today, stating that he sought money from Mississippi State in order to get quarterback Cam Newton to sign a national letter of intent with Mississippi State. His rationale in coming forward apparently seems to be that he is less guilty of trying to take advantage of a kid than the father of Cecil Newton. Too bad Rogers can’t be brought up on charges and serve some jail time himself for possible doing things that could ruin college football for a student athlete and a university.
In the allegations from Rogers, he claimed that Cecil Newton put a price tag on his son of between $100,000 and $180,000 to sign that letter of intent with Mississippi State. Rogers first talked with Cecil Newton way back in 2008, while Cam Newton was trying to escape the University of Florida to transfer into Blinn College. Rogers also admitted though, that he didn’t meet Cam Newton until a year later, and that he wasn’t aware if Cam Newton knew anything about the request for money. It’s hard to imagine that Cam Newton didn’t know about it if all these allegations are true, but it’s not like everyone is being completely honest in this situation.
This is just another nail in the story about Cam Newton, adding more fuel to the allegations that he was involved in a pay-for-play scheme, that he cheated as a student repeatedly at the University of Florida, and that he was arrested for being in possession of a stolen laptop that he allegedly lied about and then tried to hide from authorities. Meanwhile Auburn is trying as hard as they can to whether the storm of controversy that now surrounds their star player, and people can’t help but link Newton to what took place between USC and Reggie Bush this past summer.
This story isn’t dying down, and if anything, it may really dampen the chances of Cam Newton winning a Heisman Trophy if the voters start to feel he has a lot of guilt within the accusations against him.