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Sheridan Talks Newton “Bagman” On Finebaum

Ah, and the pot is about to be stirred a bit more.  USA Today oddsmaker — and Alabama grad — Danny Sheridan is a guest on Paul Finebaum’s radio show this afternoon.  Late last week he claimed to know the name of the alleged “bagman” who acted as a cash-running go-between for Auburn and the family of Cam Newton.

We’ll keep you posted on what he says right here…

* Sheridan wants to address some of the criticisms aimed at him.

* Finebaum is also going to have an attorney take part in the interview.

* Sheridan has been told the name of the person the NCAA believes is the bagman.

* Asked to give the name, Sheridan said: “No, sir, I will not give you the name.”

* Sheridan said that his attorney — Vince Kilborn, who is on the show with him — warned him about going public with the name.  He told him that the “truth” would protect Sheridan in a defamation lawsuit, but he would have to give up his NCAA sources.

* The spin: Sheridan is protecting his sources inside the NCAA.  What a guy!

* Sheridan says that he knows there is a witness to all of this and he knows where that witness works, but he does not know the witness’ name.  And he will not share information on where the witness works.

This is ridiculous.  Yet another person hurling accusations with absolutely no proof to offer.  “But I really have the proof, I just can’t share it,” doesn’t hold water.  Just more BS.

* Sheridan wants his internet critics to “man up” and to stop hiding behind the anonymity of internet messageboards.  That’s an odd thing to say for a guy who himself is hiding behind the threat of lawsuits.

* Sheridan also said he would not comment on whether or not the NCAA is still investigating the Newton situation… on the advice of counsel.

That’s all I can stand, folks.  I’m tuning out before Finebaum moves on to his usual roster of screaming, angry, insult-tossing callers.

Twenty minutes of my life… that I’ll never get back.

 


50 comments
Science & Reason
Science & Reason

MrSEC, I just wanted to stop by and commend you on a first class blog and really impressive journalism. I'm an AU fan, but I'm reading your take on the Menswear story and its spot on as well. There is definitely something worth investigating there, but no proof of guilt. To date tho, there is far more 'proof' in that story than there has ever been in the AU investigation, which I realize you understand but wanted to say it anyway for the mini-horse-humpers.

*There's also a story by MyFoxAl concerning the lack of anything to do with AU football or Cam Newton on those Bingo trial tapes. They reportedly scoured the case information and concluded that was all a bunch of hooey. And bammers, I know it was that wacko LSU fan who started that mess, but you guys had 1,200+ page threads in three of your forums about it. That is just sad.

Danny Sheridan was an epic failbot yesterday - there is no getting around it. What a toolbox.

WDE

what a joke
what a joke

far more "proof" of what?

autograph signing?

alex
alex

no. proof of being part of advertising for the store. which is a violation. read the rules.

cont'd
cont'd

Contrary to statements made on gossip blogs and internet message boards, "we discussed this matter with the SEC Office," Ward said. "We always do in matters of this nature."

Ward cites by-law 12.5.2.1, but also refers to by-law 12.5.2.2, which requires the university to "take steps to stop or prevent activity that could result in an NCAA violation and a loss of eligibility. The University of Alabama took at least two such steps, issuing a cease and desist letter to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar on December 22, 2010. Then, out of an "abundance of caution," the university disassociated Al-Betar for a period of three years.

Cont'd
Cont'd

"12.5.2.1 is not intended to prohibit businesses from displaying memorabilia, nor is it intended to prohibit current student-athletes from signing autographs. It is intended to prevent current student-athletes from jeopardizing their eligibility by selling their autographs or receiving remuneration for endorsing a particular product or service," said another NCAA source who asked not to be identified.

"Student-athletes can't endorse or recommend a particular business and can't be paid for using that business' product or service. If a student-athlete's image or representation is used by a business to imply endorsement without the knowledge or permission of the student-athlete, the student-athlete or the institution must take steps to protect his/her eligibility."

"It is not a violation for student-athletes to sign autographs and it is not a violation for a business to display photos, jerseys or other items depicting current student-athletes. We found no evidence that any student-athlete received any extra benefits," said a statement from Mike Ward, University of Alabama Associate Athletics Director for Compliance.

what a joke
what a joke

you mean these rules?

"NCAA by-law 12.5.2.1 states that:
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.

By the simplest interpretation of this legislation, it would appear that T-Town Menswear is in violation of NCAA rules and the eligibility of the players involved in the story is in question. But interpretations of the rules permit student-athlete names and pictures to appear in an advertisement of a particular business as long as "the promotion or advertisement does not include a reproduction of the product with which the business is associated or any other item or description identifying the business or service other than its trademark," says Stacey Osburn, NCAA spokesperson.

G.R.
G.R.

Danny Sheridan - WHAT A JOKE! The actual "cockroaches" he was referring to were himself and his sleazy attorney.

If I was Finebaum, Sheridan would never be on the show again

Perect
Perect

I am anAlabama fan I will stop listening to FInebaum today was a pitiful display of trying to get ratings. As lawyer I am astonished at the inaccuracies of sheridans lawyer. He apparent.y does not know the law. And M r SHeridan destroyed a radio show today.

allegedly
allegedly

lol

yeah right

finebaum has been doing this for 20 years- he probably increased his listening base with all this nonsense

@jamie461
@jamie461

If Sheridan had actual, verifiable facts, then why on earth would he break this supposedly huge story on Finebaum's Jerry Springer-esque circus sideshow, instead of in the newspaper he WORKS for?? What a jackwagon. NO credibility whatsoever.

duh
duh

b/c he is an oddsmaker, not a columnist

Jethro
Jethro

On my way home from work the other day I got detoured through a rough side of town. At a stoplight a trashy young woman in a six inch long mini-skirt and six inch high heels tapped on my window and said to me, "For $50 I'll rock your world!" I am allergic to penicillin so I drove away. In my rear view mirror I saw a guy I know from work stop and pick this girl up. When I saw him the next day I asked him how he got along with that dirty blonde I saw him with last night. He told me that she just asked him for a ride home. And if you believe that then you believe that Cam Newton didn't get paid! Three things I know for sure, Rodney King deserved to get his butt kicked for driving a Hyundai, OJ did it and Auburn paid Cam Newton! (My apologies to Cedric the Entertainer)

Perry
Perry

Roll Tide, but piss on Sheridan. He seems like he is just looking for attention for some reason. His answers were very vague, he couldn't make up his mind how many sources he had and would sway from Bagman to Alleged Bagman. Like the guy said above, that was 20 wasted minutes of my life. Hell, Charles from Reeltown probably knows more about the situation that Danny Sheridan.

Perry
Perry

Major sports reporters are calling him a Joke now. One says he destroyed the trust he built up over the last 20 years in 20 minutes.

Bamafan1976
Bamafan1976

You Aubies are ignoring what was said. Keep your head in the sand...I find it very humerous
1.Sheridan offered to take a lie detector test to prove what he was saying was true and that he knew the name of the bagman.
2.Sheridan did not comment when asked if he knew of other investigations. His silence was deafening on that question. Even Finebaum noticed it. If he did not know of other investigations, it would have been very easy to say no.

When serial killer Ted Bundy was executed for two of the many murders he had committed, it really did not matter that he was not convicted of all murders. The punishment was the same.

Doesn't really matter which NCAA violation Auburn is convicted of whether it is Cam or one of the others .. The penalty is the same....

Adn you know deep down in your heart that it is coming...

wallace
wallace

Just because he offered to take a lie detector test doesnt mean anything. He was told something by someone he cant name. How hard would it be to pass that test? If I told you that Mike Tyson was the bag man that paid Cecil Newton, you could pass a lie detector test because it is what you heard from a "source". Sheridian may be an idiot but he knows how to cover his own a$$.

Perry
Perry

Three weeks ago Danny Sheridan says he knows who Santa Claus is. Today he says yes indeed, he found out who Santa Claus is, but can't tell anyone. He's as full of crap as the Christmas Turkey, and I'm an Alabama fan.

Steve
Steve

I'm actually kind of surprised that the world was fooled into believing that they would actually hear a name today. Sheridan's own details of what he says he knows proved he was lying. He was claiming that he knew money went to the church for repairs, the church being repaired does not fit into the time line of Cam's recruiting since that took place before Cam even took a Junior College snap. Nobody was recruiting him then. Plus the NCAA already determined where that money came from.

There was no way he was going to say a name because he doesn't know one and that should have been obvious to everyone based on his first interview. This was nothing more than a stunt to sabotage media days into blindsiding Chizik with NCAA questions and even though it worked for that purpose it cost Sheridan whatever reputation he may have had left. I hope that was worth it to him. Next time consider what school the person attended before you believe the lie.

danny s
danny s

Steve-

what was his motivation for trying to blindside Chizik at media days?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Steve...

The world wasn't fooled into thinking he would produce a name. 95% of the people covering it did so with the full intention of tearing Sheridan to shreds. And as soon he said he wouldn't reveal the name, everyone did exactly that.

If a guys says he's going to reveal who shot JFK, the media will be there... on the .00000001 chance he's not a quack. That doesn't mean they believe him or support him. It's their job.

Thanks for reading,
John

confused
confused

what did that guy mean talking about Craig James and prostitutes? did anyone else catch that part?

saber1234
saber1234

I agree John... I don't listen to finlbomb and you did waste 29 minutes of your life today.. Too Bad... When will sports fans turn him off? No listeners No Finebaum... Simple way of getting rid of trash... Reject it.

Perry
Perry

That redneck screaming Tammy is a shame to the whole state, just like Charles from Reeltown. And now some idiot, Pop I think he goes by, claiming Auburn fans had the trees poisoned to make Alabama look bad (I'm a big Alabama fan by the way). And straight jacket Jim from Crestwood. He must be on some serious mind altering drugs. There are idiots on both sides of the fan base, I sure wish a few of them would shut up since the program is nationwide now. I'm sure people all over the United States sit and listen and and laugh and assume all people from Alabama are dumb asses

blacktammy
blacktammy

ive been listening for over 20 years and its hands down the best show in the history of radio

take it for what it is... entertainment with some good guests every now and then

David
David

Just wanted to say thanks for the recap. I could find it on this site before any other source (espn, EDSBS, etc...), so good job getting it out there so soon.

David
David

Addendum - you're the #1 google result for "Dan Sherridan Cam Newton Bagman", so hopefully you get a traffic bump.

bafoon
bafoon

what a complete letdown

Lee
Lee

What's worse? Some writer was says he has a source and doesn't name it on a regional radio show

-or-

Running a regional web site, reporting on said writer, and pretending that this is news?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Lee..

I'd say a jackass who reads this site for free, intentionally misrepresents how we're portraying stories, and lobs insults at us is worse.

Say, I kind of like insulting all the ugly people who throw barbs our way.

This is fun. Maybe Gregg Doyel is onto something.

John

General
General

Sheridan ISN'T a writer. He's an overzealous fan/oddsmaker who has his name in the media and is running with whatever "information" he has to keep his name out there. The guy who does this website is begging you to read his articles, you come here. That's the same as ESPN.

Ira McGill
Ira McGill

"This is ridiculous. Yet another person hurling accusations with absolutely no proof to offer...Just more BS. "--just like all those Ttown Menswear stories you have liked to over and over and over. Hypocrite.

Bill
Bill

There is a HUGE difference between the Sheridan mess and the TTown Menswear story. Danny Sheridan claims to know who the person was but is unwilling to give up an information, that's a cop out move. The TTown Menswear incident has proof in tons of documented photos with timestamps! There are players signing stacks of jerseys that are going to be starters this year. An easy question to ask yourself is that if they put one of each players jersey(signed and displayed in store as advertisement---NCAA violation) where do the rest go? Sheridan is another Scott Moore with his he said, she said shenanigans. If you can't see the difference then I feel sorry, because your either overly biased or ignorance is truly bliss.

Cadillac
Cadillac

if you can't see the difference between the NCAA knowing the guy who paid Cam 200,000 to go to Auburn

vs

Some facebook photos of Bama players giving autographs (nope not a violation, no matter how much you try to make it one)

then, I'll let you get back to your Auburn Sociology Degree

cont'd
cont'd

Contrary to statements made on gossip blogs and internet message boards, "we discussed this matter with the SEC Office," Ward said. "We always do in matters of this nature."

Ward cites by-law 12.5.2.1, but also refers to by-law 12.5.2.2, which requires the university to "take steps to stop or prevent activity that could result in an NCAA violation and a loss of eligibility. The University of Alabama took at least two such steps, issuing a cease and desist letter to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar on December 22, 2010. Then, out of an "abundance of caution," the university disassociated Al-Betar for a period of three years.

cont'd
cont'd

"12.5.2.1 is not intended to prohibit businesses from displaying memorabilia, nor is it intended to prohibit current student-athletes from signing autographs. It is intended to prevent current student-athletes from jeopardizing their eligibility by selling their autographs or receiving remuneration for endorsing a particular product or service," said another NCAA source who asked not to be identified.

"Student-athletes can't endorse or recommend a particular business and can't be paid for using that business' product or service. If a student-athlete's image or representation is used by a business to imply endorsement without the knowledge or permission of the student-athlete, the student-athlete or the institution must take steps to protect his/her eligibility."

"It is not a violation for student-athletes to sign autographs and it is not a violation for a business to display photos, jerseys or other items depicting current student-athletes. We found no evidence that any student-athlete received any extra benefits," said a statement from Mike Ward, University of Alabama Associate Athletics Director for Compliance.

oh really alex
oh really alex

"NCAA by-law 12.5.2.1 states that:
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.

By the simplest interpretation of this legislation, it would appear that T-Town Menswear is in violation of NCAA rules and the eligibility of the players involved in the story is in question. But interpretations of the rules permit student-athlete names and pictures to appear in an advertisement of a particular business as long as "the promotion or advertisement does not include a reproduction of the product with which the business is associated or any other item or description identifying the business or service other than its trademark," says Stacey Osburn, NCAA spokesperson.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

There have been multiple players that were used to make commercials, but they were all former players at the time of the filming. I live in Tuscaloosa and I've seen tons of T-town Menswear commercials and they were all players from the recent past or those who had just graduated.

Perhaps there are commercials out there using current players, but I've never seen or heard of any.

alex
alex

here's the problem. if you actually READ the NCAA rule, you will find that permitting the use of their likeness, name, etc as advertising is a violation. Multiple players were highlighted in several TV commercials and youtube commercials for the store. By them showing up and allowing themselves to be filmed in those is obvious 'consent' to use their likeness. That is a violation. end of discussion.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Bill...

Photos showing what? A player having dinner with a booster who was not disassociated at the time of the dinner? Players signing autographs?

Show me photos or receipts proving that T-Town Menswear was paying players for their signatures and I'll be glad to call for heads. But so far, that doesn't exist.

We have said, however, that the NCAA should look into whether or not these Alabama players were being used to promote T-Town Menswear. There appears to be some evidence there.

But just because someone's got a photo of someone sitting in a backroom of a store, that doesn't mean something went on. Sort of like just because a daddy asked one school for $180,000 is doesn't mean he asked another school for cash.

We can all deduce whatever we like on both of these stories, but at this site, we're going to go by the evidence. And the photos of players signing autographs isn't much evidence of cheating. Is it enough for the NCAA to ask questions? Yes. We think so. As was the case with Cecil Newton's request for cash.

Always love the folks who can't make a point without throwing out an insult. So in response... why don't you just kiss off?

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Ira McGill...

And everytime I've linked to those T-Town Menswear stories, I've pointed out that there is no proof of wrongdoing, no proof of players getting paid.

You obviously read what you wanted to read and skipped the rest of it.

This site has handled the Cam Newton accusations and the T-Town Menswear accusations in exactly the same way. There's more gossip than proof, more supposition than evidence. And we've said that regarding Danny Sheridan, OutkickTheCoverage, SportsByBrooks and Scott Moore. If they have proof or if their gossip turns out to be fact, we'll be happy to point that out. Until that happens, we say they're all dealing in rumors.

Anyone not wearing a Bammer or a Barner hat knows that's true.

John

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If you were familiar with Danny Sheridan you would know that he is not one to blow smoke. Yes, he is a Bama grad, but his reputation depends on him basing his conclusions on facts. Risking that just because he wants to ruin Auburn won't help him in the long run. He's also a smart promoter. He's not technically a journalist and he's going to withhold just enough information that one will keep coming back for more.

All of this doesn't mean he actually knows what he is talking about, but he would be a fool to spout crap for entertainment purposes. He's not some fly by night blogger who's just trying to get attention. His reputation depends on it.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

AllTideUp...

I'm a pretty credible guy. I do radio across the south and television on a network that gets into 14 states. This site draws praise from other sites across the web for its fairness. Also, in my line of work, I can't risk ruining my reputation by telling lies.

Now let's say that I accuse you of bedwetting.

And I'm not going to offer any proof.

But I say you're a bedwetter. And just because I'll give no proof, that doesn't mean I'm wrong.

See how silly that is? If someone has proof, they should provide it. If they don't, they should close their mouths.

Thanks for reading the site. It's appreciated.
John

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I wasn't implying that you are a fly by night blogger. I find that you are credible and knowledgeable.

My only point here is that Sheridan has a reputation to keep. If he's spouting crap then he is risking his reputation and his career. Like I said, I don't know whether or not he knows what he is talking about. He very well could be spouting crap and if he is then he is quite foolish and his career will suffer. I'm simply saying that I find it unlikely that he is doing that. I could be wrong though.

He's also a promoter, not so much a reporter. My guess is that he will reveal more details as time passes. If he gives everything he has up at once then he's not likely to do many spots on Finebaum. He won't get many articles written about him in the blogosphere and most people won't pay much attention to him after the fact. That in and of itself may make him a non-credible source, but I'm just basing my opinion on his track record.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Yeah, I would love to see it if he has any proof. I don't have a problem with saying he is just spreading rumors right now without offering proof. I was really just responding to kcwde who said that Sheridan was full of crap because he was a Bama guy and couldn't be trusted on those grounds.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

AllTideUp...

I think you misunderstood my opening paragraph. I was saying that just because someone has a reputation to protect, you can't assume that he's telling the truth when he makes accusations... without providing proof.

I'm basing my opinion that he -- like oh so many others -- isn't providing any proof.

Thanks,
John

kcwde
kcwde

I hope you realize how damn dumb you are believing that Sheridan has anything at all in the first place.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

kcwde...

Uh, I ripped Sheridan after his last comments and I never believed he was going to give up a name. But because I cover news in this conference, I -- like every other media member in the country -- had to listen in on the off chance that Sheridan WOULD say something.

I'm not going to sit here and take insults from you. Especially since I've repeatedly held my nose and defended the Newtons against accusers who refuse to offer proof.

So be my guest to find another site. This one's for intelligent, objective people who want to be kept up to date on all SEC news... even the news they might not like to hear. If that means we've got 10 million readers, so be it. If that means we've got 10, so be it.

But you're right about one thing -- I am dumb. Dumb to put all the work into this site that I do for angry, insulting, anonymous clowns like yourself.

Kindly hit the road,
John

Guest
Guest

How does Finebaum stay on the air? Geez!

blacktammy
blacktammy

b/c he lets callers call in and rip Sheridan on air for the rest of us to enjoy

even with the letdown, the bashing Sheridan has had to take from callers has almost made up for it

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