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Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:02 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In the latest headline of what's been a solid week of scandal in college football, reports broke last night that now-notorious trainer/scout Will Lyles -- already under investigation for receiving a $25,000 payment from Oregon for his services -- had told assistant coach Van Malone of Texas A&M that the Aggies would need to "beat" $80,000 if they wanted a commitment from eventual LSU All-American Patrick Peterson, then one of the country's hottest high school prospects.

Today, Peterson responded to those allegations by speaking to a Baton Rouge radio station , calling them "baloney" and claiming that he had never even visited Texas A&M. "Why would I jeopardize my future over going to Texas A&M and $80,000 when I knew that my future was playing football," Peterson reportedly said.

There are two problems with these denials, though. First, no one has publicly accused Peterson of asking for any amount of money, much less accepting any; Malone's statements refer to Lyles and Lyles alone, and in the report Peterson's father (while calling businesses like Lyles' "escort services") specifically denies the family having ever requesting money in exchange for Peterson's signature. Peterson appears to responding to implications drawn from the report rather than the report itself, which doesn't claim he had done anything wrong.

Second, Peterson almost certainly did visit College Station; this Rivals article offer multiple details on Peterson's surprise visit (from the days he was using the last name Johnson) and his father himself said Peterson had enjoyed a "good visit" to A&M (one that included meeting up with Malone).

Neither of those issues mean that Peterson's denials aren't perfectly valid; the only real thing they probably indicate is that the interview was more off-the-cuff than carefully planned out.

But it also shows that it's an issue that Peterson and his family are taking seriously, and that despite his and his father's responses, it's one we haven't heard the last of yet by a long shot.

UPDATE: LSU has released an official statement from Peterson, which reads:
“I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter. He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it’s a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest.”
Unlike Peterson's previous statements on the radio, there's nothing much confusing or contradictory about that. Assuming Peterson is being truthful, expect the NCAA's microscope to focus even more intensely on Lyles than it already is.

HT: @Year2 .


Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:00 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Seriously people, lets get real, its the SEC!!!  They all pay their players down there and they also take players who cant read.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:16 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

The witch hunt is on.  Trying to wreck TOSU.  See what you get.  Now, Every school is running for cover.  Stop printing this mess and the liars will go away.  

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:11 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Anyone can say anything about anybody, it does,nt have to be true, it can be lies and no one seems to care........Lyles has made a statement that without some documentation or witness, is just another   "let me have my 5 minutes of fame" moment.....I will believe Patrick Peterson until we see some proof of these allegations....and dont tell me that ESPN wont tell a whopper, they have  falsely reported twice that   LSU Coach Les Miles, was really a Michigan Man and was off to Coach his beloved   team........big unsustantiated lie......not once but twice.......

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:15 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Some of you are acting in your responses like the kid might be guilty. The reporter's piece is fair and square in my reading. He doesn't accuse Peterson of lying. Taking money or anything. It is a straight forward report of what is going on. You can argue that the kid's language is open to interpretation. When he says why would I jeopardize my future by going to Texas A&M, you have to wonder what he means by that statement. How would going to Texas A&M jeopardize his future? I don't know what else may hae been said. If everything is on the up-and-up, it would be more natural to say, I visited Texas A&M, I know nothing about any monies being offered, and I chose LSU because I felt it is the best school for me.  This doesn't mean everything isn't on the up-and-up. It could be natural that the mention of money or anything that could screw up the young man's career was disturbing, and his choice of words not the best. Actually, what we might expect. But I think it silly to attack the reporter for doing his job. This s news. We may not like it. But let's stop shooting the messenger and let the situation play out.

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:08 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Agree with showtimeguru... a bunch of damn 10 year-olds on here ragging about the writers CONSTANTLY.There's a ZILLION sports websites;  I'd suggest you FIND ANOTHER ONE, more to your liking, that caters more to your 10 year-old tastes.   Sheesh!

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:41 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

I love how people talk trash on a reporter and use the punctuation and spelling skills of a two year old.  It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:41 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

So who to hell is Jerry Hinnen and where did he get all of his facts? I love how these guys cannot play a sport, cannot find a creditable job but can post things up here on the internet and get paid for it. Peterson is just another player under the "hatchet watch" by poor sick little reporters who here something and want to make a name for themselves and hope ESPN or CBS might hire them. If you do not know the truth don't start making comments and try to bing down a person, player or university. Got get a real job but I guess you have one Hinnen almost as bad as Pete Prisco at your reporting.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:38 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'


Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:36 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

More Sportsline  bull**** to try to start some trouble and get some feuds going......that is all this ragof a website is good for em and laugh at em!Cool

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:50 pm

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

I believe he didnt take any money whatsoever or a car for that matter,

Eric Dickerson

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