Report: Anonymous Ole Miss booster ‘Allen’ claims he never paid Leo Lewis

Leo Lewis is the Mississippi State football player  in the middle of the NCAA investigation into Ole Miss. Now one of the anonymous boosters has come forward to say Lewis’ claims against him aren’t true.

As noted in Steven Godfrey’s deep dive into the investigation released Friday, Lewis told the NCAA that an Ole Miss booster only known as “Allen” gave him $10,000 to sign with Ole Miss the day before National Signing Day in 2015.

“We arranged it … because I needed it. Well, I didn’t need it, I take that back. I asked for it. It was getting — it was getting close to Signing Day and so I just — I just asked for the 10 grand,” Lewis told the NCAA….

Lewis detailed the meeting with Allen at the Hampton Inn for the $10,000, and said it definitely happened “in the noon.”

Now “Allen” has in some sense come forward with a statement to the OM Spirit.

In the statement, “Allen” calls the investigation “Cowboy Court” and claims that he provided the NCAA with timestamped materials that would have placed him outside the realm of culpability and unable to provide Lewis with the money on that day.

“Allen” also had this to say:

Another thing that has really bothered me about this false allegation is that anyone who know me knows I am not so stupid as to give $10k to a 18-year-old kid who had changed his commitment two or three times without having a letter of intent with me for him to sign prior to paying him any money. Not that I am the smartest guy in the world, but if I was so inclined to do such a thing, which I wasn’t, and coach (Barney) Farrar and I had this “grand scheme” going on, I sure as hell would have told coach to email a letter of intent before I paid him any money.

Whether or not “Allen’s” true identity will be revealed remains to be seen. He’s still known as “Booster 14” in the notice of allegations from July 28 and was one of two booster names which weren’t released.

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