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Alabama Players’ Relationship with T-Town Menswear Store Could be Problematic

The relationship between Alabama football players and T-Town Menswear store in Tuscaloosa could prove to be an issue for the school, Clay Travis’ points out on his new website Outkick the Coverage. The Facebook page for the men’s clothing store boasts about several autograph signings with Bama players from the football team, some of whom were students at the time while others were not. The store champions itself as “Bama’s #1 clothing store,” and they have several framed jerseys and football pictures on the wall.

If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because it should; Ohio State was busted when it was discovered players were exchanging memorabilia for tattoos and drugs. There were also rumors the football team received discounts from a car dealership. What was the common thread for both stores? They had Ohio State gear all over, just like T-Town Menswear is full of Bama swag.

Going through pictures on the Facebook page, we spotted former players Javier Arenas and Terrence Cody who visited the store while they were playing and after they were no longer students. We also spotted pictures of Rolando McClain, Kareem Jackson, Greg McElroy, and Eryk Anders. Pictured in the image at the top of this post are former stars Mark Ingram and Julio Jones.

It’s completely normal for players to sign autographs in a store without asking for anything in return, right? And there’s nothing weird about the man who appears to own the store being on the sidelines of a Bama game, right?

Here’s Trent Richardson, a current running back on the team, signing autographs in the store during the season last year:

Postings like this one on T-Town’s Facebook page probably isn’t the sort of association they would want either. “GOOD MORNING!! Busy week at the store getting all the Bama players looking sharp for the start of the 2010 season….(They Know Where To Shop) Will post pictures later! HAPPY FRIDAY AND ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!”

When I think of college football players having a good time, I think of them hanging out at an upscale men’s clothing store at the mall for fun. That’s totally normal, right? And signing things for a store that displays them prominently? Nothing suspicious about that either. Carry on Bama, carry on.

Oh, and their compliance director might want to take a look at the situation there.



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIA2V7H3V6HTWIMAXJLJOP7QOE Michael C

    I find the credentials of Larry Brown at the end of the article interesting.

    About Larry Brown:
    Larry Brown
    has over nine years of professional sports media experience, working in
    online, radio, and TV capacities. He recently was a nationally
    syndicated sports radio host for Sporting News Radio.

    What happened to your job at Sporting News Radio? Now you’re just a blogger? What a loser!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRCQ6SFHLWQLGOVWZIYVULGXS4 Heywood

    You know,  when you are of CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER such as THE ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

    there will always be some cockroach lurking around to try and catch any crumbs they can. 
     

  • Anonymous

    And we know how Auburn operates and who they are.  The NCAA already “shook” the Bama tree but they aren’t nearly thru with Auburn.  Those tapes are real and Auburn will get hammered.

  • Anonymous

    Because they WERE USING LOOK A LIKE models for their commercials trying to pass them off as Bama players.  Why do you THINK?  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

  • Anonymous

    I have been comparing Trent Richardson tattoos and unless Trent recently had major tattoo construction, none of the tattoos match up with all the Alabama Trent Richardson snapshots.  That may be what they are talking about in “look alikes”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Johnson/1340212829 Mark Johnson

    for the guy that said there was no fiance in between him and the field you better go put your glasses on before you run your car off a bluff its there…………………………….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJMFMLEP4DOPNU6YXCFMF6L5KY tom

    kind of like bama fans making stuff up on cam? fueling the message boards with there hate!28-27 lives on

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJMFMLEP4DOPNU6YXCFMF6L5KY tom

    LETS CLEAN UP THE SEC WEST AND SEND BAMA AND LSU TO THE EAST SINCE THEY ARE BOTH ON PROBATION NOW!SEND THE TRASH OF THE DIVISION PACKING! WDE

  • Anonymous

    Who’s making it up?   You will get to see the truth when the NCAA hammers you.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen this so often, word for word, that it seems like every barner in the world must have it saved in their documents just so they can drag it out every now and then and copy and paste it on some blog.
    FACT:  all of the NCs you mentioned have been listed in the official NCAA record books.
    FACT:  AP and UPI will continue to list Alabama as their national champion in the years you question whether you like it or not.
    Truth hurts.
    Don’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/JimDP Jim Parker

    if the school has a relationship with a clothing store for one all players have to have suits for games. there is nothing wrong with a school sending their players to a clothing store to get fitted. They are going to need a suit and some of these player are going to be hard to fit. So I don’t see any special favors if the school and the store has a business relationship. The U of A took care of the situation. at this point unlike OSU none of the player to this point have not receive any favors from the store. Also the store held a autograph session that was open to the public

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm…. In the picture on the “sideline”, is he not wearing a Championship Ring? Wonder what that was traded for?