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Bond’s Attorney Says Audio Clip Of “Cecil Newton” A Fake

Remember that ridiculous sound clip that we linked you to yesterday?  The one we said sounded no more credible than any of the rest of Scott Moore’s claims? 

Well, the attorney for former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond now says that clip — allegedly of Cecil Newton (surrounded by vacuum cleaners and hissing cats, apparently) claiming to have gotten a cash offer for his son — is “not authentic.”  He told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, “It is a fake.”

If this weren’t a family site, I’d insert a phrase right here ending in the word “Sherlock.”

Of course it’s fake.  This whole story appears to be fake.  But we’ll keep covering it so Bond, Bell and Moore can’t just take the quiet way out, hoping no one holds them accountable for the claims and allegations they’ve stated (and leaked).

But while yesterday’s sound clip was a fake, Bond (shown at left) did however promise on the radio this week that he would provide a real “snippet” of a recording that “exonerates Mississippi State, myself, and Bill Bell.”

Scott Moore — the main stirrer of all this… mess — said of Bond’s snippet: “It’ll give ‘em something to talk about, I guarantee you.”

Sure it will.

So far Moore has drummed up lots of talk about his radio show.  Congratulations to him.

Unfortunately, Moore, Bond and Bell have also destroyed whatever reputations they once had.  If they have tapes, they need to play them.  If they don’t, they should shut up and go away. 

By talking and accusing and threatening and teasing they have: a) damaged their own names and credibility and b) made sure their beloved MSU, the SEC, Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama fans have all taken black eyes in the press and from a laughing mob of football fans to the East, North and West.

Worse, only an imbecile would play a “snippet” of a tape and say, “There, that exonerates me.”  Uh, how ’bout we hear what else is on that tape before we go clearing Bond’s name.  It’s called editing and Bond could have edited his snippet… or faked it, just like the internet clip now making the rounds.

If Bond does play a clip it will be believed only by rabid MSU fans who desperately want proof that their school did nothing wrong in the recruitment of Newton.  (As if Bond would play a recording showing that he, Bell and MSU actually did something wrong.)

We know that homers will celebrate Bond’s snippet because Alabama homers — desperately wanting proof that Auburn did do something wrong — bit hook, line and sinker on yesterday’s fugazi.

In this world, with millions of news sources on the web and on talk radio, many tend to seek out the news they want to hear rather than, you know, actual, credible, fact-based news.  And that’s a shame.  Because it gives guys like Moore and Bond a platform to make strong claims while presenting little to no evidence.

Delivering an opinion is one thing.  These men are pushing what they claim to be facts.  Yet they still won’t let anybody see or hear what facts they might have.

So, sorry, fellas.  We’re still not buying.

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State Of Mississippi Gets In On The Newton Investigation Industry

Thayer Evans of is reporting that Mississippi State booster Bill Bell was interviewed last Wednesday by the Mississippi secretary of state’s office as part of its investigation into former MSU player Kenny Rogers.

As you know:

* Rogers now says — after initially issuing denials — that he tried to help Cecil Newton procure $100,000 to $180,000 from State boosters for his son’s signature on an MSU letter of intent.

* Bell — who also played at MSU — says that he was approached by Rogers and that he spoke (more than twice, less than a “handful” of times) with the elder Newton.

* Evans is the writer who claims Newton was on the verge of being booted from the University of Florida after numerous charges of academic cheating had been brought against him.  A criminal investigation could result from Evans’ “academic cheating” story (meaning: Who leaked Newton’s federally protected academic records to Evans?).

A source tells Evans that Mississippi officials (the state, not the school) are “investigating whether Rogers violated state agent laws by acting as an intermediary between Bell and Newton’s father.”

The NCAA and FBI are also investigating Newton’s recruitment.  The NCAA wants to know if Newton (or a representative for the quarterback) solicited or received payment for his signature.  The FBI, presumably, wants to know if any money changed hands illegally — laundered cash, across state lines, via phone/wire fraud, etc.  Now the state of Mississippi is targeting Rogers.

Amazingly, Newton could come out of this smelling like a rose while everyone around him — including those who tried to rat his papa out — could face legal issues of their own.

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