Earlier this week, word leaked that HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” had scored an interview with former Auburn defensive end Stanley McClover. According to sources, McClover will go on tape to reveal that he received extra benefits from an assistant coach while playing on The Plains in the early/mid-2000s.
Now a few of McClover’s former teammates and coaches are speaking out about the accusations. According to Charles Goldberg of The Birmingham News:
Former Auburn running back Ronnie Brown said he has spoken to McClover about his claims and doesn’t understand them. Former teammate Jeris McIntyre said he never heard of players being paid. Ken Scott, McClover’s coach at Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., said Auburn never paid any of the players it signed from his school, and other elements of McClover’s story are wrong.
Interestingly, McClover has since tweeted the following:
READING ALL THESE RUMORS BLOGS ABOUT ME.. AND ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW..HOW YOU WRITE A STORY WITHOUT FACTS IS BEYOND MY MIND.
Gotta love what Twitter is doing to the English language. But I digress…
Brown told Goldberg that he hopes “(McClover) feels like he made a mistake.” He also said he doesn’t believe the report will be credible, “but I think the damage will already have been done.”
Brown claims that McClover told him he was doing the story to get publicity for his charity.
“I found out that Stanley was talking about he had a choice to go to different colleges, and one of the reasons he chose Auburn was because they offered him money,” Brown said. “So I called him. I said, ‘Whoa, what is this? What is this about?”
He said, “Well, it has nothing to do with Auburn. I was just telling my story about me trying to help kids. I figured it would be good to tell my story.’
“I said, ‘What are you talking about? If you tell that story, people are going to say you were paid.’ He said, ‘This has nothing to do with the school. This is about me and my story, and trying to help kids.’
“I said, ‘You can’t implicate a school eight or nine years later. Why would you say that anyway?’”
Brown said McClover didn’t have an answer.
“I said, ‘Yeah, because you never did anything wrong. You were never offered anything. This is kind of detrimental to Auburn.’”
If McClover thinks HBO’s “Real Sports” segment will devote more than 10 seconds of time to his charity, he’s probably in for a great disappointment. This story is believed to be an expose on street agents and dirty recruiting in the SEC. Unless HBO decides to make the whole story about McClover instead, his charity won’t be the focus of “his story.” His claims of receiving extra benefits will be.