HUNTSVILLE, AL. — John Bond, the former Mississippi State quarterback who first alerted authorities at his alma mater of Cecil Newton’s play-for-pay scheme for his son Cam, promised a Huntsville radio station Wednesday night he will soon share “a snippet” of a recording that’s a piece of the controversy’s puzzle.
“It’ll give ‘em something to talk about, I guarantee you,” Bond told Scott Moore on Huntsville’s WZZN The Zone radio.
“I’ll send you a little snippet that exonerates Mississippi State, myself, (MSU booster) Bill Bell,” Bond said.
Moore, who is launching the “Scottie W. and Redfish Show” on the station, has himself been in the national spotlight with a multitude of interviews in recent days after remarking recently on the station he has heard recordings, as provided by Bond and Bell, in which the elder Newton discusses the scheme.
For more news on Scott Moore and his perspective on the recordings, see Thursday’s Huntsville Times.
Moore told The Times he “can neither confirm nor deny” that he currently has a digital copy of any of the recordings made by Bell and Bond.
Moore said he will play the recordings on air when the voices have been authenticated by third parties.
Bond acknowledged to Moore that his role has “been a little difficult, but I know I’m right, so I’m not worried about it.
“It could be handled a couple of different ways, I guess,” he continued. “There’s two roads you can take. You can take the high road or you can take the low road. A man as I am myself will take the high road. And all those people that are treating it a little different than what I’m treating it as are taking the low road. And that’s fine. That’s their choice.”
Cecil Newton and agent Kenny Rogers were alleged to have approached Bond and Bell during the recruitment process of Cam Newton, who went on to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy and lead Auburn to a national championship. According to Moore, a voice he believes belongs to Cecil Newton incriminates both Auburn and Tennessee.
Bond reported the conversation to Mississippi State “protecting my university and making sure we didn’t get any trouble.”
The NCAA cleared Newton to complete the 2010 season, though the investigation continues.
“Lately, it’s gotten out of control again,” Bond said of the controversy. “That’s fine. But I know I’m right. I did what I know is right. If these other people want to continue to put me down and call me liars and clowns … that kind of crap, that’s fine. I’m going to stand above that. They can go on and have their minuscule lives.”
Bond noted that it was an especially trying time in his life because a few weeks after his initial phone call to Mississippi State, his 20-year-old son Andrew was killed on Feb. 1, 2010, in an automob