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Clothier Albetar Gives “No Comment” When Asked About Ties To Bama

Yesterday, when asked to comment on the cease-and-desist letter he received from Alabama, Tuscaloosa clothier Tom Albetar told reporters, “I can’t talk to you.”  Pressed further, he let loose a “no comment.”

Izzy Gould of al.com notes that at Albetar’s menswear store a sticker has been placed on the front door stating: “Bama Memorabilia; DISPLAY ONLY; NOT FOR SALE.”

According to a source, Gould reports that the school did not file a report with the SEC or NCAA upon initial investigation late last year and still has not done so.  Meaning the school believes it is in the clear.

That won’t stop the questions from coming.  Kevin Scarbinsky of al.com writes that “this story seems a long way from a conclusion.”

“Why did so many Alabama players, from Tyrone Prothro to Terrence Cody, sign so much stuff, from jerseys to helmets to gloves to photos, for Albetar,” asks the columnist.

Tide fans dismiss the situation and ask for proof.  Funny, when Auburn dismissed accusation after accusation regarding Cam Newton, many Bama fans weren’t worried about waiting for proof. 

We’ll open ourselves up to ugliness from both fanbases later today when we tell you why the Iron Bowl rivalry is flat-out bad for the SEC.

Until then, we await the next shoe — or suit — to drop in the UA/AU War.

 


17 comments
Steve
Steve

Are you allowed to discover a violation by your own booster and just not tell anyone about it?

AuburnMan
AuburnMan

Could be payback. A bama fan posted the info about the Auburn Tigerettes on TigerDroppings, that SportsByBrooks used for his "expose"

john
john

disclaimer - im a UT fan
I dont think it is fair to automatically assume Auburn fans sent that in.
Believe me BAMA has plenty of haters across the southland

Tyler B
Tyler B

Looks like 12-20-09. The date could easily be wrong, and this doesn’t prove anything, but in 2011 a picture’s worth 100,000 words.

Jack
Jack

I could care less if Mark Ingram got paid or not for the jersey signature.
I am a Vanderbilt graduate....and am not an Auburn fan.
The jersey was purchased the first week of November - 2010 as Christmas present.
That was just prior Alabama having a meltdown in the Iron Bowl - BamaCLT. (I am happy you can read)
The photo came with jersey as authentication it was real.

Doc Johnson
Doc Johnson

John, I'd like to know where you got that photo, who took it and when it was taken. Thanks.

JDD
JDD

Why is this an Auburn issue. While I am sure there are Auburn fans out there reveling in the supposed misdeeds of this booster and players, I think most can sympathize that UA is being convicted before the facts come out.

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

In addition, if the players did not receive any benefits for said signature, there is no wrongdoing. I know for a FACT, because I can read.

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

Blah, blah, blah, blah. Scan it and prove it then.

Jack
Jack

I know for a fact that they have sold original Alabama Football Players signed memorabilia from that store, because I have been with someone who bought it from there.

They still have the credit card receipt, a picture of the gift (it has Mark Ingram's signature on it) and picture of him signing it.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

john...

Listen to Alabama talk radio, read a Bama or Auburn messageboard and you will witness more conspiracy theories, accusations and allegations than you'll see in any other rivalry. And I lived in Columbus, Ohio. The OSU-Michigan hatred isn't nearly as heated as UA/AU.

As far as a Tuscaloosa menswear store, it would likely take someone living in Tuscaloosa and going through that mall to notice the memorabilia. With Auburn fans making up half the state, it's a lot more likely that the tipsters were Auburn backers than those from another school. Just playing the odds... and factoring in the anti-Bama/anti-Auburn emails and "evidence" that I'm sent.

And you notice we don't run with that junk, by the way. I don't have the time to get into investigative journalism... and simply posting photos sent in by a reader doesn't qualify as investigative journalism in my book anyway.

From my knowledge, I'd bet my house Auburn fans were involved in Clay Travis' story.

John

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

Okay. And...? I have tons of memorabilia from players that were active. I have everything from programs, to helmets. If I sold those, would the player's eligibility be jeopardized? Let me answer that for you: Since I didn't pay for said autographs, the answer is no. It's common sense.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Doc Johnson...

It came from al.com and the first story that we linked you to. They got it from Facebook... likely Albetar's own Facebook page (before he took it down).

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

JDD...

If you don't think this tip was sent to Clay Travis' email inbox by Auburn fans, I think you're whistling past the graveyard. Do I have proof of that? Nope. But I think 99% of the people reading these ongoing back-and-forth accusations believe Bama fans are sending photos and info to SportsByBrooks while Auburn fans are funneling photos and info to OutkickTheCoverage.

There are some wacko, hardcore, over-the-top fans in the Iron Bowl rivalry. And the nuts give all the many, many, many great -- well-adjusted -- fans a bad name.

Thanks for reading,
John

apoxonbothhouses
apoxonbothhouses

As Kristen demonstrates, knowlingly permitting the use a name or picture is a violation too. Given the photographs in the public domain, a knowing use may be more likely to prove than a paid use.

kristensabansbewbs
kristensabansbewbs

From NCAA Bylaws

12.5 PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES
12.5.2 Nonpermissible. 12.5.2.1 Advertisements and Promotions After Becoming a Student-Athlete. After becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual: (a) Accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind; or (b) Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual’s use of such product or service.

Updykes able to read. What will they think of next?

Gavin
Gavin

Did you consider the possibility that Mark Ingram signed that gift after he had finished his career at Alabama? Mark Ingram in currently an NFL player last time that I checked.

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