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Ray Small changes his story - UPDATE

Posted on: May 27, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Thursday former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small caused quite a stir in the college football world when he told Ohio State's student newspaper The Lantern that "everybody" was selling memorabilia and getting deals on cars while at Ohio State. As you'd expect, this brought a lot of blowback for Small from both current and former Buckeyes along with Ohio State fans.

Well, surprise, surprise, Small is suddenly changing his tune. In an interview with WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Small says that The Lantern "flipped" his words.

"It's hard being an athlete," Small said. "That was basically what I was saying. (The Lantern author) just flipped my words around and make the whole Buckeye Nation hate me."

Small went on to say that The Lantern got the majority of the story wrong.

The Lantern denied Small's allegation, Aker reported.

"We, 100 percent, stand by our story," said Lantern Editor Zach Meisel. "Everything (Small) said was recorded."

Small was quoted in The Lantern article and said that some players "don't even think about NCAA rules."

How convenient for Small. It's somewhat hard to believe that the original story could "flip" the words that Small said. I mean, if all he was trying to say was that it is hard being an athlete then all Small had to say was "it's hard being an athlete." He didn't have to talk about how easy it was to sell memorabilia for some extra cash, or about how getting deals on cars isn't that big of a deal. He also didn't need to say that there was "a lot [of dirt] on everybody." I mean, these are incredibly abstract ways to say "being an athlete is hard" aren't they?

I don't think anybody flipped Small's words at all. I just think that Small didn't think about the type of reaction his words would receive and he now regrets saying anything and is just trying to dig himself out of a hole.

UPDATE: Did The Lantern really "flip" Small's words around? Well, the paper released audio of the interview. You decide. 

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Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

rending a verdict
Pardon me, my slip is showing. I meant to type "rendering a verdict". Depending on the verdict, I may be rending my garments in shame and agony.Smile



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

On May 25th, a Columbus, Ohio television report revealed that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles had nearly completed their investigation of the automobile dealership cited in a Columbus Dispatch story earlier this month, and had yet to find any special deals for Ohio State student athletes. Not many sports websites have picked up that story.


  Boy do you osu fans know how to use spacific words and sentances to make yourself look knowlegable and precise. You forgot to put all the other stuff about that story in there. Like spacificly the investigation is not done yet by the BMV and no details from their part of the investigation will be released until after the investigation is complete. Your spacific words was from the OSU officials report, not the BMV. So yet you fail again on trying to look smart. And this info is coming from your own source. He, like so many people, may or may not realize or understand what he is saying.  There is no way to really know anymore.  However, given the fact that no one else has supported his story, I am thinking that he may have misunderstood what he was saying. I cannot be sure of it, however.  It is absurd how so many people take so many things that people say so literally.  In any case, Ohio State has serious problems that it has to rectify sooner rather than later.





    He knew exactly what he was saying, and the reporters copied and taped exactly what he said. No one in the journalism department nor the fanbase or officials or the entire school misunderstood what he was saying. His problem, was most likely he didnt think some school newspaper article would make the national news. And now he is realizing his ignorance and stupidity. He said what he meant, and meant what he said. But now that the cat is out the bag, he has to refine what he said so his team and school doesnt rip him appart. And you wonder why no other team mate or official can back up his statement, well your just as stupid as the rest of them if you cant determine that. Most likely because they dont want to get caught up in the act knowing they were violating the rules themselves and dont want to hurt themselves or the program. COME ON PEOPLE, USE COMMON SENSE.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

If it wasn't for a phantom interference call by referee Terry Porter as the fireworks were lighting the Arizona night sky, the Hurricanes would have won their 6th National Championship. It was a travesty and everyone but the Buckeye Nation knew it. The Canes got robbed. No hard feelings.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

So, you still think coach Tressel and the football program is in the clear?
5-star post charlietuna. And "No" I do not think Coach Tressel or the football program is in the clear. I also don't think Ray Small's stories, the Columbus Dispatch stories, or any of the numerous sports.com stories and op/eds will have any bearing on the university's July 5th response, the August 12th hearing, or the NCAA's ruling.

The allegations you listed are the result of the NCAA's investigation following the February self-report by the university. They are serious charges and require serious responses which the university and coach will provide on the scheduled dates.

Nothing reported to this date has changed Ohio State's decision to support their coach. And I don't see the value in rending a verdict before the hearing or the response to the allegations.




Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

Ignornace is bliss.aint it the truth.....these buckeyes are so scared they cant see straight. They know Tressels end is near  and they know that football program is going down. Cant wait for nov 27 when an upset happens at the big house and those foolish little players called buckeyes walk out with there heads burried between there legs!.........GO BLUE


Hoke is a Joke
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:37 pm
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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

Dead man walking. The sheer arrogance shown by Jim Tressel thinking that is he ignores a problem that it will just vanish into the ether. You're welcoming a loss of scholarships, vacated wins, probation, post season ban, and national shame? You really are in denial, man.

Ask USC how they feel about the penalties they have suffered and the NCAA just turned down their appeal. Consider that USC's trangressions were less severe than what Ohio St. is being charged with by the NCAA Rules Committee. Look how many highly rated recruits bolted from USC after hearing of NCCA penalties. If you're a recruit, don't you want to go play at a program that will compete for a BCS title? How can you do that if you can't play in a bowl game due to NCAA penalties?

In your case, ignorance is bliss.




Hoke is a Joke
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:13 pm
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Hoke is a Joke
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:10 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Ray Small changes his story

Brady Hoke is more of a coach and more of a man than that ass hole you call a coach at Ohio State....GO BLUE


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