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Milton McGregor Attorney Joe Espy Issues Meaningless Cam Newton, Auburn Denial

The investigation into Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Cam Newton is now two-pronged. In addition to the NCAA investigating allegations that Newton’s father solicited money for his son to play college football, the FBI has gotten involved.

The FBI was led to the Newton case while investigating Milton McGregor, the owner of a greyhound racing track called “Victoryland” in Alabama. McGregor was one of 11 people arrested around six weeks ago for trying to buy votes in favor of pro-gambling legislature. McGregor also happens to be a major Auburn booster, having donated $1 million to the new Auburn basketball arena in 2008.

So if this crook was bribing politicians to pass pro-gambling legislation, and he’s also a major Auburn donor, doesn’t it sound to reason that he might be involved with a payment to a high-profile player like Cam Newton, particularly if around $200,000 were needed to sign the man? Of course, but that’s not the story his lawyer, Joe Espy, would like you to believe:

“Contrary to postings on celebrity and sports blogs, Milton McGregor has never had any contact direct or indirect with Cam Newton, Cecil Newton – Cam’s father, Kenny Rogers or anyone purporting to represent Cam Newton. Mr. McGregor has never been asked to provide money for any recruitment or compensation of any current or perspective student athlete including Cam Newton at Auburn or any other school, and has never provided any type of compensation in that regard period no exceptions. As a proud supporter of Auburn University Mr. Mcgregor wants it known that he does cheer loudly for Cam Newton and thinks he is the best athlete in college football.”

Let’s examine that statement and show why it is meaningless.

Contrary to postings on celebrity and sports blogs, Milton McGregor has never had any contact direct or indirect with Cam Newton, Cecil Newton – Cam’s father, Kenny Rogers or anyone purporting to represent Cam Newton.

McGregor never had to have any contact with those men. He doesn’t have to be involved with any of this on a personal level in order to provide money that pays off Auburn recruits. All he has to do is donate to the Tigers Unlimited booster fund.

Mr. McGregor has never been asked to provide money for any recruitment or compensation of any current or perspective student athlete including Cam Newton at Auburn or any other school, and has never provided any type of compensation in that regard period no exceptions.

Darn straight he never was asked — he was already volunteering to do so! Once again, he donates money to the football booster fund and then can say he washes his hands of it from there. The people running the fund manage the payments to players and their families, or whomever is involved. This is how it’s been going on for years.

As a proud supporter of Auburn University Mr. Mcgregor wants it known that he does cheer loudly for Cam Newton and thinks he is the best athlete in college football.

Total freaking homer. Doesn’t that sound like a man who would toss in 100K if it helped his school land a player that might be able to beat Bama in the Iron Bowl?

It’s pretty obvious that Cecil Newton wanted nearly $200K for his son to play for Mississippi State. It seems pretty obvious that Auburn paid up to get Cam and that the money was funneled through their booster fund. That’s how they’ve been doing things forever, and that would make Cam ineligible.



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  • Anonymous

    Larry-

    Are you accusing Auburn and the alumni that give to the Tigers Unlimited Fund of illegally paying players to sign with Auburn. I need you to be clear- that appears to be what you are saying- that TUF is a slush fund to pay players. Please confirm.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yeah, that’s pretty clear.

  • http://twitter.com/samuelgilleran Samuel Gilleran

    Don’t you think that would be a bit too obvious?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yeah, I’m not in the business of laundering money so I don’t know all the ways around it, but you can start with them funneling the money from TUF to McGregor’s casino for starters.

  • http://twitter.com/samuelgilleran Samuel Gilleran

    So McGregor donates money to TUF, and then TUF turns right around and gives it back to him? That makes a lot of sense. It also contradicts your “taking apart” McGregor’s attorney’s statement, in which you asserted that McGregor wouldn’t have to handle the money because TUF would do it for him.

  • http://twitter.com/DanM8 Dan

    I hope you have a good lawyer, Larry. You are going to need one when Auburn sues you for this ridiculous joke of an article. Complete and total reckless disregard for the truth. You have zero evidence to back up any of the stuff you state in this article. If this isn’t a clear case of libel, I don’t know what is.

  • http://twitter.com/DanM8 Dan

    Also, if you had bothered to do any research, you would know that Milton McGregor has had very little to do with Auburn’s athletic department. He was a big donor for our new arena, but he has never been considered an active booster that was even remotely close to any of the sports teams. Also, he gives money to lots of different schools so his donation to Auburn means very little. His long time business partner is none other than Paul Bryant, Jr. so he also has very strong ties to Alabama.

    When you are proven wrong on this, I look forward to an article apologizing to Auburn and all the TUF donors.

  • http://twitter.com/LJinright Lee Jinright

    Are you aware that Milton McGregor’s attorney is on the Board of Trustees at the University of Alabama, and is possession of FBI wiretaps related to his client’s case?He is infinitely more qualified and knowledgeable about the content of those wiretaps than you. I suggest you obtain legal counsel. You will need it.

  • Anonymous

    Larry, Unlike other media members who have been “actively” involved in this situation you don’t mention any sources. Is what you are purporting pure fantasy or do you have a credible source? If this is supposition your article is nothing better than a caller into a sports call in show with their comments.

  • Anonymous

    So you are saying it is just like Tide Pride?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. This article clearly proves that one does not have to have one ounce of intelligence, credibility, or morality to start a website and call yourself a journalist.
    Maybe this is why he had to start his own sports website. The legitimate ones won’t publish his garbage!

  • Anonymous

    Way to set yourself up for a libel suit from both AU and Milton McGregor. I don’t know that anyone has ever done a better job of it. To make sure your article is given the attention it deserves, I have forwarded it to both. “The FBI was led to the Newton case while investigating Milton McGregor…”. So you have confirmation from the FBI? I’m unclear as you fail to mention a source. “So if this crook was bribing politicians to pass pro-gambling legislation, and he’s also a major Auburn donor, doesn’t it sound to reason that he might be involved with a payment to a high-profile player like Cam Newton…”. Does this mean he purchased players for all the other schools to which he has made donations? He was in business with and is close to Paul “Cub” Bryant, Jr. Have you checked into what players he purchased for his pal at Alabama? You’ve made so many leaps in this article, your mother had to have been a frog. The good thing here is that your article is so out there, with nothing or anyone to support your ridiculous conjectures, few will give it any merit. The real damage done with this article is to you credibility.

  • Anonymous

    Way to set yourself up for a libel suit from both AU and Milton McGregor. I don’t think you could have done a better job. To insure it is not overlooked by either, I have forwarded it to both. “The FBI was led to the Newton case while investigating Milton McGregor…”. I am assuming you got confirmation from the FBI, as you forgot to include your source. “So if this crook was bribing politicians to pass pro-gambling legislation, and he’s also a major Auburn donor, doesn’t it sound to reason that he might be involved with a payment to a high-profile player like Cam Newton…” As McGregor has made donations to many schools, I assume we can look forward to future articles listing what players at other schools he has purchased? Let me give you a hpt tip. He has been in business with and is close friends with Paul “Cub” Bryant, Jr., a major Alabama booster. If you check into that relationship, I bet you can find some other “stands to reasons” there. You have made so many leaps in this article, your mother had to have been a frog. Fortunately the only person left in a bad light in this article is you. How sad that you are willing to sacrifice your credibility for sensationalism.

  • Anonymous

    War Eagle

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been TUF donor for the last 5 years. I would like to thank you Mr. Brown for shining a light on the truth. I will no longer being donating to the TUF fund based on your article and I recommend other TU members to do the same.

  • http://twitter.com/DanM8 Dan

    LMAO…nice try bammer.

  • Anonymous

    I searched the internet looking for a legitimate story regarding Joe Espy’s comments about his client, Milton MCGregor, and it pulls up this garbage? Google is not what it used to be.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Yeah, exactly Tide Pride. What a stupid post. I’m not going to call it an article or anything that resembles the work of professional journalism. It’s just a post….a fan…spewing moronic verses.

  • Anonymous

    Why is the FBI investigating this if they do not have a reason? Someone tell me that, please

  • Anonymous

    I would imagine that they are investigating the MSU boosters for racketeering. That’s why the FBI investigated the Albert Means situation as well. Do the research.

  • Anonymous

    Sure Geogiarph… I would imagine that the FBI is investigating the MSU boosters for Racketeering and Racketeering across state lines. This was the case in the Albert Means situation. Just do the research. But here is a fact (because my hubby works for the FBI), until they release an official statement, it is all of this speculation because they do NOT tip their hand when investigating. Just a little inside FYI.