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Cam Newton Drama Ignites FBI Investigation

11/9/2010 7:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ Sports has confirmed ... the FBI has requested a meeting with a key figure in the Cam Newton college football recruiting controversy to find out if, "young men are being shopped to colleges."

Cam Newton NCAA investigation:

The man feds want to speak with is John Bond -- a former Mississippi State football star. Last week, Bond claimed people connected to Heisman front-runner Cam Newton contacted him back in 2009 and said it would take $180,000 to get Cam to commit to MSU. 

Newton eventually committed to Auburn University, where he's now one of the top quarterbacks in the country. 

Bond's attorney confirms to TMZ Sports that the FBI has requested a sit-down meeting with his client -- and tells us the agent who contacted him said, "We are interested in whether young men are being shopped to colleges."

Newton has denied any wrongdoing -- and reps for Auburn have stated that Newton remains eligible to play and will start this weekend against Georgia.


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76.

Stacey    

I hear that Cam Newton's father is a preacher in the Atlanta area. I seriously doubt that Cam's father would be stupid enough to be talking with shady people that he didn't know and trust. I'm sure Cam's father heard all about what Reggie Bush and his family did. His father knows his son had a lot of talent and he wouldn't even think of doing anything to screw up his chances of making it to the NFL.

Posted at 3:30 PM on Nov 9, 2010 by Mike


His father is a pastor. And here's something you may not know about him as well. Pastor Newton's church was about to go under financially. They were broke. Somehow, poof. Thousands of dollars just showed up and paid off all the back owed money.

Now I am not saying he did anything or took money from anyone, but it seems too coincidental to me.

1380 days ago
77.

lonelytraveler    

Hope they knock some doors in Gainesville and Tuscaloosa, too. We are witnessing the character assassination of an innocent young man and his family.

What does this have to do with Alabama? Absolutely nothing. That is a weak statement. Maybe you should get your facts straight before pointing fingers.

1380 days ago
78.

RichZ    

auburn is likely facing the death penalty after all the facts come out. Sad but true.

1380 days ago
79.

Lisa    

Giggle! Burn barn burn!!

1380 days ago
80.

You are retarded    

All you speculating about what really happened are truely retarded.

1380 days ago
81.

Heather    

florida fans are so stupid.. and i live an hour from st.andrews red necks*** gfurself!

1380 days ago
82.

ant111    

Why did Mullens keep recruiting Newton if he knew all this bad stuff about him???? Gezzzzzzzzz

1380 days ago
83.

Zach    

No matter what the reality is, there is something morally wrong with this story. The fact that there are people in the world who will try and sell a 20 year old kid is ridiculous. I’m sure that kind of stuff happens, but I don’t think it did in this case. Here’s why: if Mr. Bond was offered that kind of money, don’t you think that he would have gone and reported the offer right away? It’s a little weird to me that he waited until the kid is the frontrunner in the Heisman Race. It is sick to think that a guy would make up a story of this magnitude, though. I guess the truth will simply unfold itself in the weeks to come.

1380 days ago
84.

larry    

LOL People from rural Alabama on the internet. You've come a long way baby.

1380 days ago
85.

Rachel Rothechild    

I truly beleive that after seeing the do***entar 2 days in April. Since seeing that movie with Sandra Bullock where she played the charcter of the Texas wife. There was a scence that the young man had to go to a kind of inquisition because mot co-incidently they are not only ex=students of missippi state and hoosers as well as his tutor. The allegation was these rich families are actively recruting, housing and educating young men for their school. I have to admit I would not have thought that of them up until that scence. But the plausiblity is there and an elephant in the room. So as I am reading TMZ artcle about the Missippi State allegation the movie and that scence and the allegations made in mind solidified.
Look at Reggie Bush he lost the Heiseman trophe his USC lost all their past qualifications. All because he and his family were greedy and wouldd not pay a agent for living expenses including but not limited to a house, carhe drove on campus, spending money, and free away games trips and loding for his family. He lost it all because he refused to pay bag the guy. Check out Real Sports with Brian Gumbel HBO. It is all there.
So nothing surprises me except:-
A sport that is called football but the foot touches the ball less than 10% of the time. It is the worst payed professional sport and the guys place their bodies in the worst balzes and when they retire their body pay them back in spades or they develop ALS. Yes again HBO Real Sports.

1380 days ago
86.

Heather    

People ALWAYS have something to say about people from Alabama.... but you can't say anything when Alabama is kicking ass in the sec. both Alabama & Auburn... and i hope we win the national championship. so you just got stomped two years in a row by ALABAMA... SO just how far have we come? WAR EAGLE !!!!

1380 days ago
87.

Phil Kirkland    

Has anyone mentioned the possibility of this probe being iniciated from Auburn since it's compliance officer was formerly with the FBI? Whatever the case, I hope they get to the bottom of this soon.

1380 days ago
88.

Peter    

Every insider that is close to a particular university can tell you stories of players who were committed to their school, and then mysteriously decommieted and his parents then ended up with new cars, or jobs or many other things. Look at CB Peterson at LSU who was a Miami commit, and the list goes on and on and often it is an SEC school that is involved. I hope the FBI does get involved in this and the sport is cleaned up once and for all.

1380 days ago
89.

sarah johnson    

I hope this will not be true because he is a very special player. I am a Alabama fan but no one should wish him bad luck.

1380 days ago
90.

Keri    

I could care less about his "eligibility" to play at AU; but I do have a problem with his integrity and character. Heisman Trophy winners are suppose to be exemplary atheletes with character and integrity which he has none of. He has a suspended drivers license because he had 13 violations in 14 months. Does he think he is above the law? That is absolutely ridiculous. And he didn't buy a stolen laptop not knowing it was stolen. He broke into a dorm room and stole the laptop and when he logged onto the main frame at UF, the reported stolen laptop came up with his log-in name. Google the Gainesville/Orlando Newspaper in Nov. 2008 and you can read all about his arrest. He took a pre-trial diversion which means "you plead guilty, you pay restitution and court costs and usually have community service" in a "pre-trial diversion program". The charges were not dropped because he was innocent. The skeletons keep coming out of his closet and looks like some are about to find their way out of Daddy's closet too. Let him play football at Auburn but I hope like hell he does not get the Heisman. Model citizen and upstanding young man?????.....my foot.

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