March 4th, 2011 09:20 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Bill Bell, Mississippi State, MSU, Scott Moore
Remember that ridiculous sound clip that we linked you to yesterday? The one we said sounded no more credible than any of the rest of Scott Moore’s claims?
Well, the attorney for former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond now says that clip — allegedly of Cecil Newton (surrounded by vacuum cleaners and hissing cats, apparently) claiming to have gotten a cash offer for his son — is “not authentic.” He told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, “It is a fake.”
If this weren’t a family site, I’d insert a phrase right here ending in the word “Sherlock.”
Of course it’s fake. This whole story appears to be fake. But we’ll keep covering it so Bond, Bell and Moore can’t just take the quiet way out, hoping no one holds them accountable for the claims and allegations they’ve stated (and leaked).
But while yesterday’s sound clip was a fake, Bond (shown at left) did however promise on the radio this week that he would provide a real “snippet” of a recording that “exonerates Mississippi State, myself, and Bill Bell.”
Scott Moore — the main stirrer of all this… mess — said of Bond’s snippet: “It’ll give ‘em something to talk about, I guarantee you.”
Sure it will.
So far Moore has drummed up lots of talk about his radio show. Congratulations to him.
Unfortunately, Moore, Bond and Bell have also destroyed whatever reputations they once had. If they have tapes, they need to play them. If they don’t, they should shut up and go away.
By talking and accusing and threatening and teasing they have: a) damaged their own names and credibility and b) made sure their beloved MSU, the SEC, Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama fans have all taken black eyes in the press and from a laughing mob of football fans to the East, North and West.
Worse, only an imbecile would play a “snippet” of a tape and say, “There, that exonerates me.” Uh, how ’bout we hear what else is on that tape before we go clearing Bond’s name. It’s called editing and Bond could have edited his snippet… or faked it, just like the internet clip now making the rounds.
If Bond does play a clip it will be believed only by rabid MSU fans who desperately want proof that their school did nothing wrong in the recruitment of Newton. (As if Bond would play a recording showing that he, Bell and MSU actually did something wrong.)
We know that homers will celebrate Bond’s snippet because Alabama homers — desperately wanting proof that Auburn did do something wrong — bit hook, line and sinker on yesterday’s fugazi.
In this world, with millions of news sources on the web and on talk radio, many tend to seek out the news they want to hear rather than, you know, actual, credible, fact-based news. And that’s a shame. Because it gives guys like Moore and Bond a platform to make strong claims while presenting little to no evidence.
Delivering an opinion is one thing. These men are pushing what they claim to be facts. Yet they still won’t let anybody see or hear what facts they might have.
So, sorry, fellas. We’re still not buying.
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