Elijah Fields Off the Pitt Team, but Was He Paid To Play?

Dan KelleyCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2010

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Elijah Fields #4 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers reacts after a touchdown against the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights on October 16, 2009 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the news that Panthers safety/linebacker Elijah Fields was kicked off the team for unconfirmed disciplinary reasons.

However, a quick look at Fields' Twitpic page may offer a clue as to why. Back on Feb. 2, he posted some extremely incriminating photos of a gargantuan pile of cash, including one with a comment saying , "Never knew Football was gon get me all this money Sike I Knew haha."

The ridiculous amount of cash pictured is already suspicious enough for a college student, but when he states directly below the photo that he got it for playing football, it has to raise some serious eyebrows with the NCAA.

As any college football fan already knows, it is illegal to pay players. So if there's any truth to Fields' insinuation that the cash came from playing football, then the University of Pittsburgh's football program could be heading for serious trouble.

Fields had plenty of off-the-field troubles with Pittsburgh, including a suspension through the entire 2007 season, so his dismissal could be completely unrelated to this incident.

However, evidence doesn't get much more damning than a player willingly boasting about getting paid to play and even posting the evidence.