Would Cam Newton take a lie detector test to remove any doubt about his eligibility and answer the questions surrounding his recruitment? It's a question one website, Camnewtonliedetector.com, is seeking to answer with just days to go before the NFL Draft. The premise is simple, and outlined on the GeoCities-era website: Newton will receive $1,000,000 if he can pass a professional lie detector test consisting of four questions relating to his recruitment and allegations of improper benefits.
The four questions are:
1. Prior to signing with Auburn, were you aware your father was "shopping" you to Mississippi State or any other school?
2. Did you tell Dan or Meghan Mullen that you signed with Auburn because of the money because you truly believed Auburn had paid for your commitment?
3. Did anyone on the Auburn coaching staff/athletic department instruct you how to answer questions from the NCAA by lying or avoiding the truth?
4. Did you or your family ever receive any impermissible benefits from Auburn?
Yes, it's completely insane and, yes, it's a blatant public relations grab, but this is the Internet and we love this kind of stuff. A quick check of the phone number attached tells us it's a Delaware number, which thickens the plot and makes zero sense. I'd expect Alabama fans, or even S-E-C fans, to toss up a website like this. But Delaware? Has Cam Newton mania actually spread far enough that FCS fans are getting in on the fun?
There's no way -- none at all -- any of this ever comes to pass. Instead, the makers of the website can claim Newton is scared of the test because he can't pass it. It's the old "you won't answer so it must be true" theory. And I can't decide whether it's brilliant or completely and utterly insane.
If the $1,000,000 is real -- no, no it is not -- and if the person can actually get a professionally-administered lie detector test together -- also going to go with no here -- there's still no way Newton takes it. He's about to sign a contract worth tens of millions of dollars, for one, and Auburn pays him better anyway.*
*Not serious, Auburn fans.