ESPN has corrected its original report that said an Auburn staffer took a final exam for at least one player on the 2016 football team. The World Wide Leader now says the player in question was on the 2015 squad.
The original report reads:
“A mentor in Auburn’s Student-Athlete Support Services department took a final exam for at least one player. A tutor who worked with the mentor became aware of the alleged misconduct while reviewing a football player’s academic records in February, the source said, noticing that the player had received a perfect grade on a final exam only a few weeks into the course.” According to the report, the player said he had not taken the final exam.
The school told ESPN it hired a law firm on Aug. 31 to investigate the allegations, but called the reports false.
“The player for which we are conducting an investigation is not a member of the current team and was not a member of the team at the time of the allegation. He is a former player who came back to school to complete his degree. As you know from our statement he categorically denies the claim.
The allegation made in the ESPN story is false based on our review to date. The person making the accusation was a part-time employee placed on administrative leave in late August. She is making claims not supported by facts, and based on what ESPN told us this morning, before the story came out, she keeps changing her story. Neither she, her attorney, nor our investigation have produced anything to support her claims. Neither has ESPN.
It should also be noted that the accuser has signed thirty-eight bi-monthly time sheets during her part-time employment stating that she has no knowledge or has not witnessed or assisted a student-athlete in participating in academic dishonesty. She has also signed compliance forms indicating no knowledge of wrongdoing.
We have no reason to think the allegation about the former student is true.”
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