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A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:46 pm
 
Here are the e-mails that SportsbyBrooks says are between Jim Tressel and the attorney who alerted him of his players' involvement in selling their gear. There is some fairly damning stuff here including ...


--In the first exchange dated April 2, the source tells Tressel that Eddie Rife, owner of now infamous Fine Line Ink, "was convicted about 9 years ago for felony forgery ... He also was with his friends at (redacted) where he witnessed the homicide of one of his friends ... The Federal Government was at [Rife's} house for alleged drug trafficking ..."

Tressel answers this e-mail by saying, "I will get on it ASAP."

--In the next e-mail dated April 16, Tressel is informed that Rife "has about 15 pairs of cleats [with signatures], 4-5 jerseys -- all signed by players ... about 9 rings Big Ten Championship..."

The source goes on to say, "These kids are selling these items for not that much and I can't understand how they could give something so precious away like their trophy's <sp> and rings that they worked so hard for."

Tressel replied: "I hear you !! It is unbelievable !! Thanks for your help ... Keep me posted as to what I need to do if anything." 

--The source then sent another e-mail on April 16. "Only thing we can do is keep him, his house, his tattoo parlor off limits to players."

--In a June 1 e-mail, Tressel tells the source, "our rings arrive this week for 2009 Big Ten [title] ... any names from our last discussion?? I would like to hold some collateral if you know what I mean ... jt"

All this is another reminder that, going back to Watergate and beyond, it's the coverup not the crime. Also, after reading all that, it reminded me of the immortal tweet from former Buck Antonio Pittman: “cats been getting hookups on tatts since back in 01.”
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:16 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

--In a June 1 e-mail, Tressel tells the source, "our rings arrive this week for 2009 Big Ten [title] ... any names from our last discussion?? I would like to hold some collateral if you know what I mean ... jt" 

That's the craziest thing I ever heard.  What does he mean hold onto collateral?  What gives him the right to hold onto some player's rings that they earned?  If he's not keeping them from everyone, then he needs to give them what is theirs.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:26 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

After reading the emails it looks like players from past years did this too, I am guess Clarret because it says National Championship Ring and he was the crookiest kid on that team.

Not a good time to be a buckeye...



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:29 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Looks like Tressel doesn't believe the emails and just politely replies.  There has got to be more.  In hind site I am sure Tressel feels stupid for not believing the emails, but he apparently gets hundreds of false emails a year. 

Source:  Hey, your players are thugs and selling their rings;
Tressel:  Oh ok.  I'll get right in that.  Thanks.



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:21 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Yikes! It seems clear from the context of those email the author is the defense attorney for Eddie Rife. That is one hell of a breach of client confidentiality. That fella is in a lot more trouble than Tressell. Tressell may have stayed hush to protect this guy in addition to the players from retaliation, and the confidentiality of the investigation (a quick search of PACER shows that no charges have been filed against Rife, which tells me he might have taken a deal on the condition he rolls on someone else).

One thing is for sure, if the author of those emails is a federal defense attorney, he should have known better than to put Tressell in such an impossible position.


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