Before I start, I'll put this up front: I'm an Auburn partisan.
I've been trying my best to defend Cam and his father Cecil, wherever possible.
Therefore, I'm not going to pretend that this article isn't going to have an Auburn tilt, and I'm not going to pretend that I'll be neutral here. However, this would also mean I'm actually listing the things that would convince even the most loyal Auburn fans, that Cam Newton should not be on the field. So bear with me.
On Thursday, sports agent and former MSU player Kenny Rogers, one of the central figures in the entire Cam Newton fiasco, gave a 15 minute interview to ESPN radio in Dallas, regarding his role in the matter. With his attorney on the line, Rogers changed what was previously told on the air, and provided a more detailed account of his side of the story.
While a huge portion of the interview focused on possible link to Auburn University as well as allegations from other reports, there is one single event in there that could end the argument once and for all.
Mr. Rogers, with his attorney present, stated that a meeting between him, Cecil Newton, and two MSU coaches, took place at the Hilton Garden Inn on November 27th, 2009. While he was unable to recall the exact conversations, he remembered hearing the reaction from one of the MSU coaches present, that it's likely money was mentioned at that time.
Regardless of inconsistencies and conflicting accounts between various MSU sources, it is important to note that, we now have a date, time, and place, for this allegation.
When will this be over?
Also, with the involvement of the FBI, we are unlikely to hear false accounts of what transpired at the purported meeting. While Mr. Rogers, upon the insistence of his attorney, refused to name the two coaches that were at this meeting, their names will likely be made aware to the investigators.
If, in the coming days, we have proof of the meeting actually taking place, such as surveillance video footage, specifically one that showed any form of displeasure or disagreement between the parties, that would pretty much end the debate here.
Unfortunately, it is doubtful that a hotel would keep surveillance data for that long.
Additionally, if the two coaches decide to collaborate with Kenny Rogers' account of what happened, on the record, it would personally be enough for me to throw Cecil Newton "under the bus" and accept the fact that Cam will be ineligible to play.
It is pretty clear that, at least from what I have noticed, everyone is tired and exhausted of hearing about more unnamed sources and more allegations. It's extremely tiresome waiting to read about some football, when all you see is the media parroting the same talking points.
Hopefully, for the sake of everyone, this whole ordeal will have a closure soon, one way or the other.
Then, we might be able to finally get back to some football.