Not Again! Current Bama QB Linked to Suit Store

In the past two weeks current Alabama football player Trent Richardson has been seen in now-deleted Facebook photos signing personalized memorabilia inside T-Town Menswear. Some of the items Richardson signed were later seen on display inside the Tuscaloosa suit store, which is located three miles from the University of Alabama campus.

Trent Richardson signing white and red jerseys inside T-Town Menswear

Some were not.

In one Facebook-dated September 3, 2010, photo uploaded by store owner Tom Al-Betar to the web, Richardson was seen signing a white, personalized Alabama football jersey with a red jersey visible underneath it.

T-Town Menswear Storefront Display Of Ingram, Jones, Richardson Signed Jersey and Ingram Signed Helmet

In addition to a personalized, Richardson-signed jersey seen on display in the storefront window of the suit store throughout the 2010 football season, a subsequent, for sale listing on the Alabama-based sports collectibles site ViceAuthenticsMemorabilia.com showed a white, personalized jersey similar to what Richardson was seen signing in the T-Town Menswear Facebook photo. The description of the Richardson jersey for sale noted:

Jersey was signed in Tuscaloosa, AL on September 3, 2010

The listing, which noted that the jersey was signed on the same day as the Facebook-dated photo of Richardson signing a similar jersey inside T-Town Menswear, has since been pulled from the memorabilia site.

Trent Richardson signing helmet inside T-Town Menswear

(Above: Richardson signing helmet with silver paint pen - as gloves await)

Also in the listing was this note from site owner Marty Vice:

I have multiple signed Prints, Photos, Helmets and Jerseys of Trent.

In addition to the recent Richardson jersey listing on ViceAuthenticsMemorabilia.com, a signed, personalized jersey from another current Alabama football player was seen on the same, Alabama-based sports collectibles site as recently as July 20, 2011. Read more…

Did UA Compliance Apprise Saban Of NCAA Rule?

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.

Per NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1, Trent Richardson is ineligible

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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 12.5.2.1 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.

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