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Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick Denies Being Part of Auburn Scandal


Nov 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

In case you haven’t heard, the Auburn Tigers’ football program allegedly committed several major NCAA violations, including changing players’ grades to secure eligibility, offering money to potential NFL draft picks so they would return for their senior seasons, and violating other NCAA recruiting rules under former coach Gene Chizik. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was reportedly involved in one of the recruiting violations, as former Auburn cornerback Mike McNeil said coaches gave him $500 to entertain Kirkpatrick during a 2008 recruiting visit, even though he ended up committing to the University of Alabama.

Kirkpatrick released a brief statement denying the allegations:

"Nobody gave me any money, and nobody spent any money on me that I know of. I don’t know what they would have spent it on. We went to a party, but nobody was paying to get in there. We just walked in like everybody else seemed to be doing."

It’s unclear as to whether anything will come of this report, as the NCAA already investigated Auburn for alleged violations involving current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

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