Created: 09/11/2013 11:52 AM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
Sports Illustrated recently published multiple articles about an investigation into the Oklahoma State football program. The report claims players were paid and involved in acadmic fraud, among other damaging allegations.
Over the last couple days I've heard many OSU alumni and supportuers claiming the report is bogus. Critics try to bash the credibility of those players quoted in the article. Memo to all the OSU fans, just because you didn't see any hundred dollar handshakes doesn't mean it didn't happen.
I don't know if players were or were not paid bonuses and given special treatment. But I can reasonably assume that it "could" happen. For those trying to discount the credibility of the former players quoted in the article, I have two words for you... Jose Canseco. The former major leaguer was criticized for being a cheat and a person of questionable character. But that didn't discount what he said in his book about steroid use in the major leagues. A lot of what he said turned out to be true.
I'm a believer that where there is smoke there is generally some kind of fire. Does that mean everything in the article happened the way some people say? Not necessarily. Former Albuquerque Isotope Josh Fields was a former Oklahoma State quarterback and cited in the article as a player who received benefits. He was accused by an unnamed source of accepting money and academic priviledges. Fields denies all of those accusations.
Fields says he never heard of anyone taking money but, "that's not to say it's not going on," Fields said in an interview with Dan Patrick. "I didn't see anyone get a fat envelope. I have a hard time believing I would be blinded by this. For someone to not come out (while it's going on) is the unbelievable part to me."
I don't think Sports Illustrated would come out with a 5-page article based on rumor. I feel there's usually three sides to every story, theirs, ours and the truth somewhere in the middle.