Let me preface this article by stating that it is very possible that all these allegations are true. It could be looking grim for the plains in the next couple weeks, but I want to bring up some points that no one else seems to be commenting on.
As an Auburn Tiger myself, I want to believe in Cam and his father and give them the benefit of the doubt. It pains me to see that few outside the tiger faithful want to as well. Right now this investigation does not have any real, hard evidence to either condemn or clear Cam Newton of any charges.
What this case has become is a battle between Kenny Rogers' word versus Cecil Newton's word. Neither side has proved themselves to be reliable, but I'd like to point out some inconsistencies in these stories that no one else has bothered to look at.
First of all, Kenny Rogers has suddenly changed his story. He first denied any allegations of being involved in a pay for play scandal and claimed to have not talked to former Mississippi St Quarterback John Bond. The only claim that remained consistent with the first story was that he never talked to John Bond.
Rogers also pointed out that he was upset with the fact that Cecil Newton seemingly threw him under the bus with the statement, "If Rogers tried to solicit money from Mississippi State, he did it on his own, without our knowledge." I could allege here that these statements Rogers has made are retaliations to the elder Newton's damning comments; unfortunately, I think that is unlikely.
There is, however, something very peculiar about this case that no one seems to be talking about. Kenny Rogers and John Bond's stories are contradicting at one point. When Rogers' first denied this he maintained that he had no contact with Bond and Bond's lawyer went on to say that Bond had not named Kenny Rogers in his initial interview.
Rogers continued to deny contact with Bond in his second story and maintained that he was just one of the 'in-between' men in this scandal. As it turns out, Bond has told ESPN that he did in fact talk with Kenny Rogers. "My story hasn't changed. I absolutely talked with Kenny Rogers, and there are phone records that will show that," Bond told ESPN.com Thursday.
My point here is that one of these two men is lying, either Bond or Rogers. Bond has stated he has phone records proving his conversations with Rogers, so at the moment it appears as though Rogers is the one providing the false statements.
Does it mean that Rogers is lying about the whole incident? Not at all; but it does show a possible motive for lying about these events. The main point of Rogers interview was so he could blame everyone involved in the incident except for himself.
Could it be possible that Rogers is throwing these allegations out there to divert attention from himself? Possibly. I have no proof of this, but it is a possible scenario.
Only time will tell who is the guilty party in this situation, whether that be Rogers, Bond or the Newtons. It could be that all the parties are guilty and that they are just fighting to see who gets the most blame. My point is that everyone is innocent until proved guilty and it's still possible that there is no wrongdoing on the part of the Newtons.
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