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Auburn accused of NCAA violations, players respond

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn football team has been accused of committing numerous and severe NCAA rules violations during the national championship season of 2010.

In a story published on Roopstigo.com, a website she founded, former Sports Illustrated writer and Auburn alum Selena Roberts writes that Auburn paid players, altered grades and racially profiled players.

The story is based on conversations with Mike McNeil, a former Auburn safety who was one of four players arrested for armed robbery in 2011.

Former players Neiko Thorpe, Mike Blanc and Daren Bates are all also quoted in the story.

When reached for comment, an Auburn spokesman replied to News 3 Sports Director Jonathan Huskey via text message, saying "We will not have a comment regarding the claims in the story."

In one instance in the story, McNeil says he was given "about $400" after a practice in 2007 by then-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, now the head coach at Florida.

Muschamp denied the payment through a Florida spokesman in the story.

The players quoted took to Twitter with their objections to the story.

"The one thing that is quoted by me is what I said, no more no less..END OF STORY," [sic] said Bates, who goes on to say "Didn't know sayin a former teammate of mine was a good one was so bad?! Smh"

Mike Blanc tweeted, "Man this article is outrageous and isn't true. The media will do anything for a juicy story smh #sad"

Thorpe, in a two-part tweet, said "While I spoke to Selena Roberts about Mike I have just read her article & not only am I misquoted but my words are very out of context. We didn't talk about NCAA violations or recruiting. I'm proud 2 have played at Auburn & the opportunities it gave me."

Jonathan Huskey

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