No time for hate

Tuesday night, a guy named Cruz Sherman did an Internet radio interview with former Auburn defensive end Stanley McClover, who said on HBO last week he’d received before and while playing at Auburn.

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

Anyway, Sherman, who apparently owns a little-known PR company called Cruz Inc., proclaimed that McClover had given him names of the people who gave him money. He said those people had 24 hours to make themselves known to the NCAA or he would do it for them.

His threat had a short shelf-life.

McClover and Cruz, Inc., have apparently parted ways.

Following is the release that was posted in the Cruz, Inc., web site. Grammar and spelling apparently are optional with this outfit.

Please note that Mr. Clover is no longer represented by this firm.

We stand by our original mission, which was to assist Mr. McClover expound his account of the events that transpired during his recruitment period.

We hope this matter is resolved in the most expedient manner, so that all involved may move on with their lives.

We wish McClover and everyone involved the best .

McClover said during the interview Tuesday night he didn’t want to divulge names.

"I'm not here to yell out names and get myself in legal trouble right now, he said. He also said, “I'm not going to blurt out names so these guys can laugh at me when I'm in trouble.”

This Cruz character, it would seem, was just another person trying to profit off McClover's newly found notoriety.

Honestly, I feel badly for McClover. He was an enjoyable guy to be around during his time at Auburn, always smiling and always willing to do interviews.

The best information I have is that HBO convinced him that, by telling the story he told, he would help college football players be legally paid. That was nothing but HBO using a struggling young man in a most self-serving way.

That doesn’t mean McClover’s story is the whole truth, part of the truth or none of the truth. I don’t know. Chances are, none of us will ever know for sure.

McClover is a grown man. He made a decision to do something that he surely knew would forever sever his connection with the school where he was an immensely popular player and was part of a perfect season in 2004.

Maybe he thought he was doing the right thing. Maybe he bought into HBO’s fairytale of changing things for college athletes. Maybe he got paid, Or maybe he just felt sorry for himself. His refusal to divulge names might indicate he isn't out to bring Auburn down. Or it might mean he isn't telling the truth.

Defending Auburn or any other program is a natural thing for those who love it. Many of McClover's former teammates have done a very effective job of doing just that. Seeking revenge and expressing hatred does no good for anyone.

I learned long ago that, in the long run, hate is much more damaging for the hater than for the hated.

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