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November 18, 2010

Newton Attorney: Cam unaware of solicitation

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton did not accept money, was not offered money and did not know of any solicitation of money for his signature on a letter of intent, Newton's attorney George Lawson told WSB Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne Thursday.

"Absolutely no money has been offered to Cam Newton, and Cam Newton has never asked for any money," Lawson told Winne. "I don't think there is any question that Cam Newton knew nothing about any money discussions, if any discussions were had."

Lawson also told Winne that Newton has cooperated fully with the NCAA. The NCAA is investigating Newton's recruitment after three former Mississippi State players alleged a pay-for-play system was discussed with Newton's father, Cecil Newton.

Lawson also represents Cecil Newton and Jackie Newton, Cam's parents

"They have been truthful and candid with the NCAA," Lawson said of the Newtons. "They will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and will produce and answer any and all questions the NCAA asks for them. What Cecil Newton has said to the NCAA has been truthful. What Jackie Newton has said has been truthful. And what Cam Newton has said has been truthful.

"I am a million-percent confident that Cam Newton took no money from no one. I would suggest to you that he knew nothing about any solicitation of any money from anyone."

In the interview with Winne, Lawson also addressed allegations of academic cheating by Cam Newton while at Florida.

FoxSports.com's Thayer Evans, citing an unnamed source, reported Nov. 9 that Cam Newton "had three different instances of academic cheating while attending the University of Florida and faced potential expulsion from the university".

Lawson told Winne that the reports of alleged cheating at Florida by Newton and his academic standing at Florida "were not accurate".

Contacting the University of Florida could be Lawson's next step, Lawson said in the interview, although he didn't say if he planned to bring a lawsuit against the university.

"Cam Newton's grades and academic standards at the University of Florida are protected matters, and to the extent that the University of Florida has violated a federal statute, I have some understanding as to what the University of Florida's address is, and at some point in time, they will hear from me," Lawson told Winne. "I'm not suggesting what it will be, but the University of Florida will hear from me.

"If the University of Florida has disclosed unlawfully Cam's personal and private records then I will be talking to the University of Florida about that."





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