HBO: Auburn had chances to comment on report

By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - HBO says Auburn athletic officials chose
not to comment for a report in which four former players said they
were paid thousands of dollars during their recruitment or college

HBO spokesman Ray Stallone released a statement Thursday, a day
after Tigers coach Gene Chizik said he wasn't contacted ahead of
Wednesday night's episode of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and
called the report "pure garbage."

Stallone said producers called the sports information department
and "read to them in detail" allegations made by Stanley
McClover, Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick and Raven Gray.

Three of the players said they received multiple payments from
unidentified Auburn supporters. Gray was injured and never played
for Auburn but said he received from $2,500 to $3,000 during his

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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