Found: Auburn Athletics, FBI Wiretap Case Link

Earlier today I reported that the attorney most prominent in the defense of Auburn against the NCAA since 1991, Birmingham lawyer Sam Franklin, was also tied to a FBI investigation into political corruption that involved two men associated with Auburn athletics.

Sam Franklin Auburn Lead Attorney In Newton Case Repping Robert Geddie In FBI Case

(Auburn NCAA defense atty Franklin quietly took over 3 weeks ago)

Auburn booster Milton McGregor and Auburn alumnus Robert Geddie, a lobbyist whose firm is paid by a private Auburn Athletics fund, were ensnared in an FBI wiretap investigation that resulted in a federal criminal trial due to start on April 4. Both have been charged with crimes related to political corruption.

Last month TMZ reported that the FBI was looking into the Cam Newton situation and that the inquiry could somehow be related to McGregor’s current criminal proceeding. While the nature of that connection has not been confirmed, we now know exactly the role of Auburn NCAA defense attorney Franklin in McGregor’s upcoming federal criminal trial.

Three weeks ago Geddie, who is also on trial with McGregor, quietly terminated his original attorney Anthony Aaron Joseph while retaining Franklin. The move was not reported in the media.

Until now. Read more…

Ol’ Blue Eyes Canseco Tries Extortion On Ordonez

The NEW YORK TIMES reports that Jose Canseco allegedly tried to get Magglio Ordonez to invest in a film project he was promoting in exchange for not being mentioned in his next book about steroids in baseball.

Jose Canseco Blue Eyes

Excerpt: “Four people in baseball confirmed that referrals were made from Major League Baseball to the F.B.I. regarding Canseco’s actions relating to the six-time All-Star outfielder Magglio Ordóñez.

Not surprisingly, Ordonez isn’t too enthusiastic about pressing charges, because his name would then come out in association with Canseco. And we all know what that means.

As an aside, we saw Canseco on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach Saturday afternoon. He was wearing what looked to be blue contacts in his eyes, a black shirt with no sleeves, and his arms appeared to be oiled up. He was accompanied by a surgically-enhanced female (we think) who must’ve been 6-foot-2. It was a good look all around.