Michael Dyer was afraid for his life in Auburn

F ollowing the 2010 BCS title game, a terrified true freshman running back at Auburn took steps to protect himself.

“You’ve got fans that get drunk and come knock on your door at five in the morning,” he said. “They want autographs. All types of crazy stuff. I couldn’t go to Walmart. I had to get somebody to go to Walmart for me.”

In a story profiling the tainted former MVP’s plight since the 37 yard run that made him famous that January night, Dyer is described as a well-meaning kid from a bad neighborhood whose 4.37 forty wasn’t fast enough to help him escape trouble. The article, “Red Flags,” goes on:

“Dyer bought a gun. The purchase was legal, and, in Alabama, unremarkable. Dyer struggles to explain why he bought the gun. He liked Auburn fans. But he had an inchoate fear of strange people in a strange place. ‘You got locals around who don’t like you,’ Dyer said. ‘So you go to a party and you’re guaranteed to have to argue with them or have some kind of dispute.’ In June 2012, two members of Dyer’s recruiting class were murdered and another was shot when a gunman opened fire at a party near campus.”

Dyer’s gun was used in the robbery of the now infamous “Auburn felony four.” The running back who broke Bo Jackson’s freshman rushing record at Auburn and has struggled with the wacky weed has been without a college football home for going on two years, though he says he as picked “a big D-1 school,” where he can start playing next month. No word on where that school is at this point.


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  1. RC July 27, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    ITK??!

    AM I HEARING OR READING THIS CORRECTLY? Are you trying to tell me that Auburn fans were actually harrassing one of their own star players at all times of the day and night? He purchased a gun to protect himself from Auburn fans?! NOOOOO, says the informed Barner!!!

  2. RC July 27, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    ITK??!

    AM I HEARING OR READING THIS CORRECTLY? Are you trying to tell me that Auburn fans were actually harrassing one of their own star players at all times of the day and night? He purchased a gun to protect himself from Auburn fans?! NOOOOO, says the informed Barner!!!

  3. Hoopie July 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    After the NC, a lot of thugs started latching on to the team and hanging around. Several players from the Atlanta inner city brought their “friends” to campus, which caused even more thigs to accumulate. The city of Auburn PoPo have gone on the record regarding this. Mike hung with that crowd, so I don’t buy his innocent plea. It all blew up at that fateful party.

    After that party, I called folks I know at the APD and found out how deep the problems were. I even commented on here that the coaches were letting the inmate run the asylum.

    Being the good AU fan that I am, I really thought the Chizik could reign in his rogue coaches and fix the problem. The problems on that team were much worse than just a bunch of thugs hanging around. Those thugs were a symptom of the problem. As much a Gene preached accountability ….he let his coaches show favoritism and he allowed them to relax standards.

    Has Gus fixed it? We won’t know for a year or 2. Hopefully Gus won’t have halftime mutinies and multiple arrests like Nicky did in his first year.

    • ITK July 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      The true tale isn’t what happens in year 1 but years 2, 3 and beyond. Giving everyone a clean slate should be a expected from any good leader. Running off those who continue to mess their slates up is as well. For the most part CNS has done so, with an obvious exception or two. Again, we all easily forget these are kids, often from troubled backgrounds, that don’t always (or often) make good choices when left up to themselves. That’s where leadership and discipline through a program comes in. Chizik’s issues seemed to multiply, not get better. Like you said for Gus Bus, we’ll see.

  4. Crimsonite July 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    For the most part for once Hoopworm made some credible statements, but he just couldn’t quite manage to reel it in. What should Saban have done in his first year, dumbass; make 85 players walk the plank and forfeit 12 games? He tried to snatch their dumbasses in line and it almost achieved a National Championship the next year without hardly a reserve on the bench. Cheeze Dicks’ problems followed him for his entire tenure, and I personally don’t see Malfetus improving much. He’s an inexperience college coach under the thumbs of a crock of cronies. RTR!

    • Yellowhammer July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Excellent point Crimsonite, I too have wondered how many hands are on the sterring wheel of the Gus Bus. If he is to fail at Auburn, it likely starts from there.

      • Yellowhammer July 29, 2013 at 8:48 am #

        Steering wheel that is

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