For the record, I believe him, if only because Newton's parents aren't rolling in dough or living in a new mansion (aka Reggie Bush), and sources inside Auburn say no one there has ever heard of this Kenny Rogers character.
For the further record, even if Rogers was representing Newton, I don't care.
Doesn't change the fact that he's still the best college football player in the land. Also doesn't change the essential hypocrisy in all of this.
The entire BCS system, after all, is about people looking out for No. 1; when you promote a culture that places I-got-mine above integrity and winks at the stated mission of college athletics, it's a trifle disingenuous to rail about someone else who's just out to get theirs.
You've got a system in big-time college athletics in which supposed institutions of higher learning -- in exchange for the relative pittance of a free education that, it turns out, isn't really all that free -- gets to make millions off the labor of kids who aren't even allowed to hold jobs or get a cut of the dough their school rakes in for selling their images and apparel.
In such a climate of avarice, who cares whether or not Cam Newton was involved in the attempted Mississippi State shakedown? What about that isn't entirely consistent with the current values of big-time college athletics?
I mean, hell. If he was involved, they should make him the AD.