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Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:43 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When the latest news regarding Ohio State and a car salesman first broke over the weekend, there was a lot to take in. While there may be all sorts of reasonable excuses for why so many Ohio State players and family members were buying cars from one man, Aaron Kniffin, at two separate dealerships, perhaps the thing that stuck out the most was what Thaddeus Gibson paid for his car. Or more specifically, what he didn't pay. According to the original report, the title on Gibson's car listed the purchase price at zero. Which was news to Gibson who claimed he was still making payments on the car.

And, as it turns out, he likely is. In another story in the Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday, it turns out that Gibson paid quite a bit more than zero dollars for his Chrysler.

As Ohio State University and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles continue separate investigations into athletes' automobile purchases, one mystery has been solved.

BMV records show that former linebacker Thaddeus Gibson paid $13,700 for a 2007 Chrysler 300C that he bought from former Jack Maxton salesman Aaron Kniffin in June 2007. 

So at least that mystery is solved, and obviously things look a lot better for Ohio State in this case now that they have proof none of the players were getting cars for free. Still, this news doesn't absolve Ohio State of any possible wrongdoing. A lot of people associated with the school and football team have bought cars from Kniffin over the years and if the NCAA decides that they were getting a discount on the vehicles based on who they are, then the school is going to be punished for it.
Comments

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

aw, now that really hurt my feelings.... I'm not being lazy, I don't accept your ridiculous word and I expressed my own opinion, i.e. you don't have all the facts. Sorry if you don't like it but I don't really care. BTW, try to slow down while you're drooling over your keyboard and type complete sentences. Have a nice day.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:02 am
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

$13,700 for a car in 2007 with 13k miles on it?  From a dealer?  Kelly Blue Book lists the price range for a 300C today (May 12, 2011) as $15,850 [trade-in] - $25,500 [retail].

Being a homer can't get in the way of the facts - Something stinks in Columbus!





Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

Dirk pitt, you are a moron.  if you cvare so much, then don't be so lazy, don't take my word for it.  go and it out for yourself.  if you are so ignorant that you can't form your own opinion  then shut your hole and the grownups talk.



Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

rg1602: yeah, because you know exactly what the condition of the car was and every other pertinent detail about the purchase. In fact, you don't know squat so why don't you wait until the facts are known before spewing. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

one thing that is obviously, at least to me, missing,is what was the book value of a 2007 300 in 07?   I looked at Kelly Blue Book and a 2006 with 20,000 miles is almost $20k today.   So a new chrystler 300 for under $14k seems very suspect to say the least.  



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

Seeing as twice in the last two days I've asked the OSU faithful to explain to me how a car salesman is given free tickets with field access passes to National Championship games and a BCS game, as well as so many home games, the coaches banned the players from giving him free tickets from here on out. (wonder why they put a stop to that practice?!?!  LOL)

I think the silence from the OSU faithful speaks volumes.  It seems even the OSU fans with blinders are starting to see what everyone else does.  The tattoo five were just the tip of the iceberg and thanks to Tressel's ineptitude to report blatant NCAA violations -- they now have a thorough NCAA violations on their hands.  The sh!t hasn't even begun to hit the fan in Columbus.  Once this investigation is done -- OSU's fan base will have second thoughts on all the praise they have handed down to Tressel for "not being a tattle tale" (had to put that in quotes, as i hadn't heard that saying since grade school, but an OSU alum used that to defend Tressel -- HA)



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

$13,700 for a car in 2007 with 13k miles on it?  Kelly Blue Book lists the price range for a 300C today (May 12, 2011) as $15,850 [trade-in] - $25,500 [retail].

Something stinks in Columbus!



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

I totally agree with you.  If college athletes want to be compensated for playing then they should have to pay the tuition, room and board to attend that college or university.  The value of a college education is severely undervalued by those who champion compensating college athletes.  In addition, too many college athletes simply focus on being prepared to earn a living playing professional sports. The LARGE majority of college athletes will never come close to receiving a paycheck for playing professionally, so, they should take advantage of the free education to prepare themselves for life after sports.  Far too many college athletes end up going down the wrong path after their playing careers end, because they did not take their education seriously.  Most of them look at going to class as an inconvenience instead of an opportunity to improve themselves and prepare for the future.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

Is someone from the Ohio State fan base, who feel Kniffin was doing nothing wrong by selling 'at least 8 cars to players and 11 more cars to players relatives' going to explain how he received so many free tickets with field passes from players that the coaches decided he was banned from being on that list in the future???

As I said -- I just bought a new car and I couldn't tell you for the life of me the name of salesman, who sold me the car.  Yet Kniffin is such a 'great guy' -- players decided to give him tickets with field access passes???  Not only to home games, but to the National Championship game a few years ago and the BCS game this past year.  Do you NOT find this extremely odd???

Do you not find it odd that Kniffen left one dealership to go to another and the players business went with him???  Pryor was given 3 loaner cars, all by Kniffin, while Kniffen worked at two different places during that time period.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to connect the dots.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Thaddeus Gibson's car was not free

Paying $13,700 in 2007, for a 2007 crysler 300, .. is the same as giving it to him for $0, as far as SUSPISIONS go. None of us would have gotten this car for 10k less than its worth, book value. It was in exchange for SOMETHING.


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