Cliff Panezich, who sold signed sports memorabilia, told Sports Illustrated that he and Adam Bollinger paid Alabama players Marquis Johnson and Terrence Cody $200 and $400, respectively, in December 2009. Johnson denied that he was paid for his autograph and told the magazine that he did not know Panezich. Cody declined comment.
It’s unclear whether the allegations would have fallen within the NCAA’s statute of limitations, which covers four years unless it is shown that there was a “pattern of willful violations” that began before the four-year window but continued into the current four-year window, or a “blatant disregard for certain fundamental rules” such as recruiting, extra benefits, academics, ethical conduct or an “effort to conceal violations.”
According to the report, some Alabama players, including quarterback Greg McElroy, signed the memorabilia but refused payment in order to stay in compliance with NCAA rules.
Panezich and Bollinger told Sports Illustrated they waited for players outside of the athletic dormitories during winter break while the team wasn’t practicing, first encountering Johnson, who then allegedly recruited other players to participate.
An Alabama spokesman told SI, in part, “As part of our comprehensive compliance and education program, we routinely review all situations of potential concern and address matters such as these with all of our student-athletes.”
In December 2016, Panezich pleaded guilty in Youngstown, Ohio, to aggravated theft, identity fraud, telecommunications fraud, money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and three counts of forgery with a forfeiture specification.
In April, he was sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors say he was the mastermind behind an enterprise that sold sports items with fake athlete signatures to close to 20,000 people.
How a man who was discharged from the US Air Force for assaulting his spouse and child was able to purchase the firearms he used to carry out the deadliest shooting rampage in Texas history is just one of many questions facing investigators as they continue to look for answers on Sunday’s church massacre that left 26 people dead.
- Assault against a child: Kelley assaulted a child under the age of 16 “striking him” on the “head and body” “with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.”
- Assault against his wife: Kelley struck his wife with his hands, kicking her, choking and pulling her hair.
- A dishonorable discharge is considered the most severe classification of punitive military judgments and US federal law prohibits ownership of firearms by those who have been dishonorably discharged.
- A bad conduct discharge is considered slightly less severe and does not implicitly block individuals from obtaining or possessing guns.
CNN’s Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.
Meek Mill has been sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison for violating probation by a Philadelphia judge.
Jay-Z has denounced the judge’s decision, citing she overruled recommendations from other officials of the court.
“The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed,” Jay-Z. “We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Meek Mill is managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
Meek was arrested in two times this year, once in March and another time in August. Neither of those cases resulted in charges for the rapper but the judge still ruled he violated probation. The March case misdemeanor assault and the second incident was for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Migos apparently want in on The Lion King remake. One member of the group reached out to Disney via Twitter to suggest the “Bad and Boujee” rhymers take on roles in the forthcoming movie.
“3 Hyenas Lions King call us [Disney],” tweeted Quavo on Sunday.
The studio revealed the full cast of the new Lion King. Proud Migos fan Donald Glover is set to voice Simba with Beyoncé playing Nala, James Earl Jones playing Mufasa, Alfre Woodard playing Sarabi, and Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Scar.
Unfortunately for Quavo, the parts of the three hyenas have already been filled. Eric Andre (Azizi), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), and Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari) are voicing Scar’s henchman.
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