Amid an investigation into the recruitment of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, the family’s lawyer said Thursday that at no time was money offered to the Heisman Trophy candidate and that Newton never asked for money.
“No money has been offered to Cam Newton. Cam Newton hasn’t asked for any money,” George Lawson, Newton’s attorney, said in an interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta.
The lawyer told the television station that the Newtons are participating in the ongoing NCAA probe and they will continue to cooperate with the investigation.
Three former Mississippi State football players have pointed the finger at Cecil Newton, saying he was behind a pay-for-play scheme that would have brought Cam to Starkville to play.
Lawson told the TV station the quarterback had no knowledge of alleged talks.
“I don’t think there’s any question that Cam Newton knew nothing about any money discussions, if any money discussions were had,” Lawson said.
Lawson also addressed the issue of Newton’s academic records from the University of Florida being leaked and said that he will be in contact with the school soon.
“Cam Newton’s grades and academic standings at the University of Florida are protected matters. And to the extent that the University of Florida has violated a federal statute, I have some understanding of what the University of Florida’s address is and at some appropriate time they’ll hear from me,” Lawson said.
When asked if the reports of Newton’s grade issues at Florida were accurate, Lawson said: “No. they are not accurate.”