Just days from the 2013 NFL Draft, former Alabama offensive lineman and potential first-round pick D.J. Fluker has posted shocking revelations on Twitter that he accepted money during his college career with the Crimson Tide.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 23, at 9:20 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Deryk Gilmore, the agent for D.J. Fluker, has told Don Kausler Jr. of AL.com that he knows who hacked his client's Twitter account late last night.
“We know who did this,” Gilmore said. “This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof. I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”
Gilmore went on to offer an impassioned defense of the talented offensive lineman.
“I’ll tell you, of course, this wasn’t him,” Gilmore said when reached by phone Tuesday morning. “It was bull (bleep), and it’s a shame. And anyone who believes it was him and wants to believe the worst, you go ahead and do it.
“I mean, my company has an outstanding reputation. This kid, we didn’t even give him a guarantee to sign with us. We gave him nothing. My whole point is that for all the people who are out there saying the worst, let them believe the worst.”
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Sports journalists: What were you dreaming about when you got a call that DJ Fluker did that thing? imgur.com/NNC1aVh.jpg— Landon Howell (@landonhowell) April 23, 2013
Since then, Fluker's agent, Deryk Gilmore, posted via his personal Twitter account that Fluker's account was hacked and that it will be re-opened after the draft.
To all followers of @djfluker76 his account has been hacked. We will rue activate his account after the draft.— Deryk Gilmore (@DerykGilmore) April 23, 2013
Which, as we've quickly come to expect from high-profile athletes posting controversial things on Twitter, may mean either that he: a) was actually hacked, or b) said something he shouldn't have said and then couldn't delete the tweet quick enough.
The answer is one we'll never know for sure, but the comments do definitely come at a potentially devastating time for Fluker, Alabama and college football as a whole.
Going to reserve judgment on the D.J. Fluker tweet that may or may not have been a result of a hacker. Shouldn't affect his NFL draft stock.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) April 23, 2013
I can believe @djfluker76 got hacked. Deleted tweet says "wat" twice. In April, Fluker spelled out "what" ~40 times in tweets. "wat": zero.— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) April 23, 2013
Still going through revelations that the Auburn football program potentially paid players to remain in college and altered grades, the news that another program may have paid college players when they shouldn't have—especially one that's won back-to-back BCS National Championship Games—would be huge.
The Crimson Tide have already been the subject of controversy throughout recent years, but it's these latest rumors that have the potential to be truly explosive.
What it will do to Fluker's potential draft stock remains to be seen, as he is invited to the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday.
The lineman is expected to become the third Crimson Tide offensive tackle to be selected in the first round of the draft in the Nick Saban era, with Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listing him as the No. 21 overall pick in his latest mock draft.
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