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Former Bama Player Keys Denies HBO Rumors

HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” is working on a story that’s expected to paint the SEC as a cheaters’ league.  Former Auburn player Stanley McClover is expected to say in the story that he received benefits from a Tiger coach back in the mid-2000s.  Former Alabama player Chris Keys — who was dismissed from the Tide team by Mike Shula — is rumored to be talking with HBO, too. 

He says those rumors are false.

“I haven’t even talked to HBO,” Keys told  “My mom told me about it when she first heard about it, but there isn’t anything to it.  I’ve had some people ask me about it, but I don’t know what they’re talking about.”

A spokesperson for HBO would “neither confirm nor deny that the network’s ‘Real Sports’ show is working on a segment on recruiting practices — or players being paid to play — in the Southeastern Conference.”

So far, former MSU quarterback John Bond and radio host Scott Moore have said that HBO wants to talk to Bond about the Cam Newton scandal.  And Former Auburn running back Ronnie Brown has said that he did talk with McClover and that his former teammate is talking to HBO.

Who’ll actually go on the record — and with what — remains to be seen.

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