The Cam Newton “pay for play” situation is getting uglier. It was sort of easy to dismiss the idea of academic cheating at Florida because who knows how accurate it was, it seemed to be sort of a smear job, and I don’t think fans really cared too much about it.
But, now ESPN is releasing more information via Joe Schad that there are documented phone conversations by Cam Newton and by his father (separate conversations), referencing pay for play. Worse yet, the conversations apparently mention Auburn paying Newton.
This is where it can get bad because if Auburn did in fact pay Newton, Auburn will get the brunt of ramifications. Newton will likely not win a Heisman, but Newton will be fine assuming he gets drafted by the NFL (which I’d assume he would). Unfortunately, Auburn will be left holding the bag and will get hit hard by the NCAA.
Who knows what is what, but as more information comes out, you can’t help but continue to say that where there is smoke, there’s fire. This isn’t just a conspiracy theory to get Cameron Newton. None of this kind of stuff came out against Tim Tebow (and you know it would have if it existed – so many people were out to get him) or players like Mark Ingram.
This is not good for Auburn, and frankly, not good for the SEC.
Read the latest from ESPN here.
Update: TMZ Sports is now confirming that the FBI is getting involved. Read more here.