DJ Fluker Scandal: Perspective on the Alabama situation

Alabama’s handling of the crisis; Pat Forde’s envy

Alabama fans and all of college football are focused on the DJ Fluker illegal benefits story. Here is the latest information on the DJ Fluker allegations.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--documents--texts-reveal-impermissible-benefits-to-five-sec-players-202513237.html

Alabama football player DJ Fluker allegedly accepted cash and other benefits from an agent, according to a new report.

First, the University of Alabama knew of the DJ Fluker situation prior to Yahoo Sports asking for comment on the story. According to Alabama’s statement on the DJ Fluker allegations, the university’s compliance was already on the case.

Second, Alabama has a much more professional staff running things now than just a few years ago. Anyone who was around during the time prior to 2007 remembers the constant leaks coming not only from the athletic department but also from the general administration. It makes it much harder to know what is going on, but it does illustrate how much better the entire operation is today thanks to Dr. Witt and Nick Saban.

That said, I reached out to a source familiar with coaching in the SEC, and was told that there is concern about the personalities involved in this story.

Third, Yahoo’s Pat Forde is obviously upset he is no longer with ESPN. His shot at ESPN and sensationalist attack on Nick Saban amount to journalistic malpractice. Forde’s piece on Saban is laughable in its attempt to tie Saban’s press conference attitude to a concern about the story. This is not exactly news, but Saban is somewhat irritable any day of the week and even more so before a big game. Forde’s anger at ESPN reveals a deeply envious reporter that cannot let go his anger at a previous employer. Forde’s column was an overreach that tainted the entire Yahoo editorial process.

Fourth, any Alabama fan that frequents al.com or listens to WJOX’s local morning programming should know they are helping enemies of the program. If the morning crew did anything but deliver Auburn talking points, it might be worth tuning in; however, now, Alabama fans should cease putting dollars into the pockets of people with an anti-Alabama agenda. Be smart consumers.

Lastly, Alabama fans must remember that, as of yet, there are no allegations of institutional misconduct. Furthermore, there are no indications the information used in the Yahoo report will be provided to the University or the NCAA by the “source.” This element will bear further watching as Alabama and the SEC investigate.

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  1. Mullet September 12, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Yahoo Sports also acquired an email that Davis sent to Hodge Brahmbhatt, with the subject line “DJ Fluker Invoice.” The email listed 49 line-item transactions and a notation at the bottom: “Total: $33,755.” The line items matched up with debit card charge transactions found in Davis’ bank records and also matched multiple receipts authenticated by Yahoo Sports, including the $1,200 bed purchase at Sticks N Stuff.

    Other line items included airfare on Delta, hotel lodging in Miami during the 2013 national championship game and retail purchases. The line item also included $18,020 in wire transfers and cash withdrawals.

    The problem you guys have now is that other schools including USC who was stripped of a NC will not sit idly by and let Saban’s best bud Emmert not do anything about this.

    And it is not only a Sticks N Stuff $500 bed…

    BLOWTIDE

    • ITK September 12, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      The problem you have is this story won’t amount to what you think it will.

      And we’ll have Natty #16 in a few months.

      Roll Tide!

  2. bamafanpcola September 12, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    My question is, how did these two yahoos gain access to
    Davis’ bank records? If their accusations are based upon bank records, then I would have to surmise that they obtained those records illegally unless Davis voluntarily gave them such information. Furthermore, did the yahoos violate Yahoo’s privacy statement in obtaining e-mails they purport to have?

    If any of these accusations have legs, then Flucker should be banished from ever having any future contact with the University and the football program. Davis should also be shunned and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the agent laws of Alabama. The two yahoo reporters should be investigated for any illegal access to Davis’ bank records and held accountable. If the e-mails were obtained via Yahoo databases, these two yahoos should be fired for violating Yahoo’s privacy statement. Finally, if any of this be true and the University is innocent of any knowledge of these claims, then the University and the football program should be exonerated and suffer no consequences because of the foolish actions of two irresponsible
    ex-players.

  3. The Conduit September 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I think the trickest part is calling it the DJ Fluker scandal.

    He could have been mentioned after 4 other key players in the SEC from the same report. Allegedly 5 different SEC schools would face consequences, right? But you lead in with the 2-time defending national champions because that boils the blood of more people who are going to yell and scream against them for it.

    So with the allegations of so many players, now the very interesting question becomes how will these schools actually be punished? Take away wins from a third of the SEC? Really? Will Alabama instead be treated differently in terms of punishment? Will Tennessee be punished more severely for their relatively recent probation and institutional issues related to athletics? Can the NCAA actually do anything without Yahoo! Sports and Davis cooperating the way Manziel’s autograph agents did not cooperate, for example?

  4. Crimsonite September 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    You are exactly correct. Nothing will come of this bullshit and the Barnturd homers are messing their mastubatory hands for nothing. If I was worried, then I would be really pissed. But there’s nothing to be worried about. Besides, the NCAA has much larger things to worry about right now, such as survival. Investigate and prosecute 4 or 5 SEC teams all at the same time over one player each doing something in secret? Bwaa Haww Haww Haww! Never ****ing happen. Especially to the current and future cash cow. RTR!

  5. peachy September 14, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Anyone thinking the NCAA wont hit Alabama because they’re a “cash cow” is retarded. USC was a “cash cow” too. And they’ve shown they’re not scared to hit alabama already; 3 times its happened in the last 20 years. And one of those was for a player signing with an agent. This time you have a player actually receiving money from an agent and the go-between is a former Bama player. To think nothing will come of this is laughable. But keeping on crying and hollaring about “haters”.

    • Crimsonite September 14, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      No, moron, USC was not a cash cow. USC had been a cash cow at the time Reggie Bush was there, but by the time the NCAA got involved and even moreso by the time the NCAA handed out penalties, USC was nothing more than an afterthought as they still are. An afterthought whose star coach hit the door running at the first sign of the shit hitting the fan. An afterthought who immediately fired their Heisman Trophy winning AD over the mess. What’s more dumbass, USC had coaches who knew of what was going on and at the same time were being investigated and also convicted of flagrant violations by the basketball program. Do a little research before you bring your homer ass on here! RTR!

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