“We are aware of the story produced today. As part of our ongoing compliance efforts, our compliance department looks into everything that warrants concern. That effort is diligent and all-encompassing, and requires constant communication and education regarding all potential issues.”
The disassociated booster is the infamous Tom Al-Betar of T-Town Menswear, and the report said Al-Betar is selling autographed jerseys, among other things, of current players TJ Yeldon and Amari Cooper, and the report included photos of current players signing autographs in the store.
Here’s a portion of the report from CBS Sports:
Photos from the Facebook page of Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear business in Tuscaloosa show several pictures of junior safety Vinnie Sunseri signing autographs in the store. The photos were posted Jan. 12. An ESPN report surfaced the same day that Sunseri was declaring for the NFL Draft. The page also includes pictures of senior quarterback A.J. McCarron with girlfriend Katherine Webb.
Alabama disassociated itself from Al-Betar in March 2011 for three years, and they told him to “refrain from obtaining any items of memorabilia from our student-athletes while they are in your store.”
There was no evidence any of the players accepted any financial gain for their signature, which is an NCAA violation. You have to wonder if Alabama will extend the length of the disassociation with Al-betar upon this report.
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