MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile native Danny Sheridan, who spoke last week with the NCAA about the Cam Newton investigation, reacted strongly to the organization’s Friday statement that said Sheridan “continues to make vague, unsubstantiated claims without backing them up with proof.”
Sheridan’s latest statement, in its entirety, reads:
“The NCAA statement about me is total propaganda and an absolute misrepresentation of the facts. For the record, I do have sources at the NCAA and that’s why the organization has chosen to shoot the messenger.
“The NCAA called me through my attorney and requested an interview. I spoke with two NCAA investigators last Wednesday for almost an hour. I was consistent with them as I have been with the media and the public in refusing to divulge my sources.
“I also politely declined to share the name of the individual I have been told gave money to Cecil Newton. For the NCAA to claim I did anything else is specious, deceitful, disingenuous and completely false. I will be happy to take a polygraph test on these specific issues and challenge them to do so as well.”
Sheridan had said previously an NCAA source told him of a “bag man” who helped recruit Newton, the future Heisman Trophy winner, to Auburn. After making his claims on Paul Finebaum’s radio show, Sheridan was contacted by the NCAA through his attorney, Vince Kilborn.
“I have no idea if the allegations against Auburn are true,” Sheridan said last week. “I only know that what I reported was exactly what I was told.”
Sheridan said Saturday that he had agreed to the NCAA’s request that he not talk to anyone about the specifics of their meeting. But, Sheridan said, Friday’s statement posted by the NCAA on its website changed that.
“I told them that I would honor their request to say ‘no comment’ when asked about what was said in the meeting,” Sheridan. “Of course, all bets are off when they released that statement.”
The NCAA has continued to investigate Newton’s recruitment after Cecil Newton admitted discussing a financial arrangement that would send his son to Mississippi State. The NCAA has never implicated Auburn in its investigation of Newton’s recruitment.