Chase Goodbread of TideSports.com reported last week that during a recent Dallas radio show appearance, Nick Saban said he didn’t think it was necessary to ban his players from T-Town Menswear in Tuscaloosa.
Saban to Ian Fitzsimmons of 103.3 ESPN Radio in Dallas:
“You know, I guess I could ban our players from the place but until somebody can sorta convince me that somebody is doing something wrong - which I haven’t been convinced of yet - I don’t know if that’s fair to our players.”
Saban made that remark despite the fact that ..
A) .. his own school recently claimed it officially disassociated the owner of the store four months ago.
B) .. NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52 states: “After becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.” (Page 74.)
Translation: An endorsement.
Above is a photo posted here last week of current Alabama football player Trent Richardson signing a display piece near the entrance of T-Town Menswear. Below the top photo is an image showing an identical, Richardson-signed print displayed in a storefront window at T-Town Menswear.