HBO says Auburn athletic officials chose not to comment for a report in which four former players said they were paid during their recruitment or college careers, according to the Associated Press.
Auburn issued a short statement to HBO before the telecast. HBO did not ask to speak to coach Gene Chizik, an Auburn official said.
HBO spokesman Ray Stallone released a statement Thursday, a day after Chizik said he wasn’t contacted ahead of Wednesday night’s episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Chizik said the show was not balanced, calling it “pure garbage.”
Chizik was asked if HBO had contacted him for a comment.
“Absolutely not,” Chizik said.
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.