One of the latest-breaking pieces of the Cam Newton investigation is Mississippi State booster Bill Bell's revelation that he received a text message containing a "payment plan" that would have sent Newton to play for the Bulldogs if executed. Via his lawyer, Doug Zeit, agent-like substance Kenny Rogers has as much as admitted to being the inquiring party, and he's being extremely quick about shoveling blame in Cecil Newton's direction:
An attorney for Kenny Rogers says his client knows he made "a stupid decision" when he sent a fellow Mississippi State booster a text of Cecil Newton's payment plan to secure his son, Cam Newton's, commitment to the Bulldogs.
In a phone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Doug Zeit says Rogers sent the text after Cecil Newton insisted he do it.
The latest ESPN dispatch is full of carefully specific lawyerspeak from both Zeit and the Newton family's attorney, George Lawson. Among the choicer bits: Zeit stating that no money changed hands (regarding Mississippi State), the insistence that the younger Newton has never asked for money, and this gem from Lawson: "Cam Newton knew nothing about any money discussions if any discussions were had." Yes, everything about this sounds completely aboveboard.
For those of you getting lost in the snarl of personalities present here, an energetic LSU message board has put together a complete cast list of current players in the investigation. Enjoy.