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Cam Newton Saga Reportedly Invites FBI Investigation

Nov 10, 2010 – 10:33 AM
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Cam Newton's dream Heisman season has turned into a nightmare lately. Reports that a man attempted to secure payment in order to guarantee Newton's signature on a letter of intent as a hot junior college recruit have taken the NCAA by storm. As if an NCAA investigation and muddled Heisman hopes aren't bad enough, a new report states that the FBI has taken an interest in the situation.

According to the report, the FBI has requested a meeting with John Bond, the former Mississippi State player who first alleged that Kenny Rogers, another former MSU player, contacted him to tell him $180,000 would get Newton to commit to MSU. According to Bond, two people were involved in the solicitation, though the identity of the other has not been revealed.

Bond's attorney reportedly confirmed the FBI request for a meeting, claiming the FBI agent told him, "We are interested in whether young men are being shopped to colleges."

More scandal found Newton this week, with a report that he cheated academically while at the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008.

Newton attended Florida for his freshman and sophomore years but left after legal and academic issues, including the theft of a laptop. He then transferred to Blinn College in 2009, where he became the No. 1-ranked quarterback from either high school or junior colleges according to The demand for Newton was high at that point, and Newton chose Auburn, where he's excelled this season and become a front-runner for the Heisman.

On Tuesday, Auburn coach Gene Chizik addressed the reports of academic cheating.

"Cam Newton is one of the guys on our football team that has not only excelled as a tremendous athlete. ... I'm wasting my time addressing allegations that blow my mind that they're even out there, because there's federal privacy laws that dictate that these things don't get out in public.

"I'm standing up here on a very important week trying to defend something that's garbage."

Chizik described Newton as a "great human being that comes from a great family" and addressed his quarterback's Heisman credentials.

"He's one of the leaders in the Heisman race because he deserves it. That's fact," Chizik said.

Cecil Newton, Cam's father, previously told the AP the family denies any allegations and is "cooperating with the (NCAA) investigation."
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