Julio Jones: Pregame ‘Pump Up’ At Suit Store!?!

The below photo and accompanying caption, “Julio getting pumped up for the game!“, was uploaded to the now-deleted Facebook account of disassociated Alabama booster and T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar on September 4, 2010:

Julio Jones gets pumped for Alabama game at T-Town Menswear

(Inset: Al-Betar sideline photo from 2008(!) season)

September 4, 2010 also happened to be the day Alabama played San Jose State at Bryant-Denny Stadium - just a couple miles away from the banned Bama booster’s suit store.

Trent Richardson and Julio Jones Getting Fitted For Suits At T-Town Menswear Before The 2010 Duke Game

As Nick Saban still hasn’t banned players from pregaming at the disassociated booster’s establishment, maybe y’all can catch a glimpse of couple-dozen Bama players fitting in a visit to TTMW before dressing out for Kent State on Saturday.

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Banned Bama Booster at Richardson Bday Party!?

Nick Saban wasn’t at Trent Richardson’s 2010 birthday party.

Banned Alabama Booster Hosts Trent Richardson's Birthday Party

Though you can’t say the same for disgraced Alabama football booster and Tuscaloosa suit store owner Tom Al-Betar.

Banned Alabama Booster at Trent Richardson's Birthday Party

Al-Betar can be seen in multiple photos, now-deleted from his former Facebook account, enjoying yet another evening at a Tuscaloosa Japanese steakhouse with Richardson - this time perhaps as party host of Richardson’s 19th birthday party. (Al-Betar has now been seen out to dinner with Richardson on three different occasions in Facebook photos.)

Banned Alabama Booster Hosts Trent Richardson's Birthday Party

Red flag?

Not according to the NCAA rules compliance folks representing the University of Alabama. They contend that, despite the school officially disassociating Al-Betar from Alabama Athletics last March, no NCAA rules violations have taken place as it pertains to Al-Betar’s relationship with Richardson and dozens of other Alabama football players over the years.

Banned Alabama Booster Hosts Trent Richardson's Birthday Party

Which must be why just last month Saban said of Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear store in Tuscaloosa, where Richardson can be seen in dozens of Facebook photos signing personalized Alabama memorabilia that was later prominently displayed inside T-Town Menswear and possibly sold online, inside the store and at least one mall kiosk owned by Al-Betar, that he saw no reason to ban Alabama players from visiting Al-Betar’s store.

“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.”

Since Saban doesn’t think it’s advisable to prevent current Alabama players from visiting Al-Betar’s store, it isn’t unreasonable for many folks to think that Saban and Alabama also previously approved of Al-Betar joining Richardson and other Alabama football players at dinner on multiple occasions - along with Al-Betar accompanying Richardson, his mother and the Bama football star’s two young daughters at another Tuscaloosa establishment on a separate occasion.

Banned Alabama Booster Hosts Trent Richardson's Birthday Party

You see, NCAA rules - as Saban, Alabama Compliance Director Mike Ward and the crack team of NCAA rules enforcement staffers overseen by ever-vigilant NCAA President Mark Emmert will tell you - exist for a very good reason.

Banned Alabama Booster Hosts Trent Richardson's Birthday Party

Yeah.

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UGA Gets Proactive About Unsuitable Memorabilia

As the University of Alabama sinks into an ever-widening scandal involving the display of current Alabama football player memorabilia at a Tuscaloosa menswear store, Monday the University of Georgia took a proactive step to slam the gate on such activity.

Georgia changes autograph policy at Fan Day in response to Alabama's Suitgate

(Photo Credit: Jeff Roberts - Birmingham News)

The day after Alabama’s fan day, which featured current Crimson Tide football players signing all manner of UA memorabilia provided by random attendees, UGA released the following statement on its official website:

Due to recent public issues surrounding student-athlete autographs across the country, no outside items may be brought to Picture Day. The Georgia Athletic Association will provide each fan with two free schedule posters to be signed by the players and Coach Richt. No other items will be permitted.

Despite the litany of NCAA violations now confirmed to have happened at T-Town Menswear, Joe Schad recently reported the following in an ESPN.com story titled, “Source: Alabama Found No Wrongdoing“: Read more…

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…

UA 1st Concern: Ineligibility Unrelated To Benefits

In a cease-and-desist letter (pdf) to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar on December 22, 2010 and a March 31, 2011, letter (pdf) disassociating the Tuscaloosa suit store owner from the school’s athletic program, the first NCAA rule cited in each University of Alabama communication was NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1.

Trent Richardson signing display at T-Town Menswear - Bama Letters Cited Applicable NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1

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.)

In other words, a student-athlete can be ruled ineligible to play sports even if he/she does not receive benefits of any kind from the commercial operation in question.

In his letter officially disassociating Al-Betar from UA Athletics for three years, Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore cited the suit store owner displaying memorabilia featuring current Crimson Tide athletes:

“..given the numerous items of memorabilia displayed in your store, including at times, some belonging to or signed by current student-athletes, you have potentially placed the University and its student-athletes at risk.”

In his letter, Moore did not accuse Al-Betar of providing benefits to current UA athletes.

Photos posted by Al-Betar to his now-deleted Facebook account included images that have now been confirmed to include ..

1) .. personalized, signed Alabama football jerseys of Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Julio Jones located in a T-Town Menswear storefront window while all three players were active Alabama football players - with subsequent, Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos of the three players inside the store after the display was created. (September 28, 2010.)

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

An Ingram-signed full-size, personalized Alabama football helmet was also included in the Sept. 28, 2010, T-Town Menswear storefront display.

2) .. Mark Ingram posing for a photo inside T-Town Menswear in front of a large action photo of himself as an Alabama football player while Ingram was still an active football player for the University of Alabama. The photo was located adjacent to the T-Town Menswear checkout counter.

Mark Ingram poses for photo in front of T-Town Menswear Display Of Action Shot Of Him

3) .. Trent Richardson signing a display print inside the store with subsequent, Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos of Richardson inside the store after he signed the display.

Trent Richardson signing display at T-Town Menswear - Bama Letters Cited Applicable NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1

4)  .. a “Mark Ingram ‘Heisman’ Suit” T-Town Menswear store display, with subsequent, Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos of Ingram inside the store after the display was created.

Mark Ingram Heisman Suit Display At T-Town Menswear

5)  .. a now-deleted, Al-Betar Facebook photo of Alabama football player gloves accompanied by the Al-Betar comment, “mark ingram glovs you like to see come to t-town it is on desplay“, with subsequent, Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos of Ingram inside the store before and after the Facebook photo and comment by Al-Betar was posted to the suit store owner’s former social networking site account.

Mark Ingram Gloves On Display at T-Town Menswear According To Tom Al-Betar

6) .. Facebook photos from Al-Betar’s deleted acccount showing then-current Alabama football player Terrence Cody holding an autographed Alabama football helmet inside T-Town Menswear two weeks before the Crimson Tide’s 2010 BCS Championship victory over Texas.

Terrence Cody signed helmet inside T-Town Menswear in 2009

In additional Al-Betar Facebook photos, a similarly-signed Cody helmet could be seen in two different display windows at T-Town Menswear, with one picture camera-timestamped Jan. 17, 2010 and the other May 26, 2010.

7) .. current Alabama assistant coach Bobby Williams posing for a photo with T-Town Menswear owner Al-Betar on Christmas Day, 2009, with the aforementioned action photo of Ingram seen behind the Alabama football coach and suit store owner in the image.

Alabama assistant coach Bobby Williams at T-Town Menswear on Christmas Day with disassociated booster Tom Al-Betar In Front Of Mark Ingram Action Photo

8) .. Julio Jones, while still an active Alabama football player, posing for an Al-Betar photo - Facebook-dated Oct. 5, 2010, and titled “after the game” -  inside T-Town Menswear in front of a collectible Julio Jones fullsize helmet signed by Jones and enclosed in a case on the T-Town Menswear checkout counter.

Julio Jones poses for T-Town Menswear Photo In Front Of Julio Jones Collectible Fullsize Helmet On Store Checkout Counter

The University of Alabama initially cited NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1 in both of its official letters to Al-Betar, formalizing the school’s concern that active Alabama football players were signing personalized, Alabama football memorabilia displayed in T-Town Menswear - with those players having knowledge of such store displays. (And in one case, per the latter circumstance, assistant coach Bobby Williams.)

Such activity by student-athletes - according to NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1 - renders those individuals ineligible.

Thanks to Al-Betar’s Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos, the specific reasons for Alabama’s concern about the eligibility of current and then-current student-athletes as it pertains to NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1. has now been verified.

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‘mark ingram glovs come to t-town it is on desplay’

Last Friday Mark McCarter of the HUNTSVILLE TIMES reported University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore addressed the “current controversy” involving Alabama football players and T-Town Menswear in Tuscaloosa.

Mark Ingram Gloves On Display at T-Town Menswear According To Tom Al-Betar

Of the business, which operates three miles from the University of Alabama campus, Moore said:

“The university has responded to this maybe six months ago. Meeting with the store owner (Tom Al-Betar), his attorney, our players, everybody that we could find that was involved. Our compliance people, Mike Ward, his people, have done an outstanding job with this. It was responded to properly.”

As noted here yesterday, 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.)

In a camera-timestamped January 29, 2010, photo of Alabama football player gloves posted to his Facebook account, T-Town Menswear owner Al-Betar wrote in a caption under his photo of the gloves: “mark ingram glovs you like to see come to t-town it is on desplay.”

In a photo taken inside T-Town Menswear, Al-Betar and Ingram could also be seen holding a framed Alabama football memorabilia display piece that included Crimson Tide football player gloves similar to the gloves in the Jan. 29, 2010, Al-Betar camera-timestamped photo.

In a September 15, 2010, photo seen on Al-Betar’s now-deleted Facebook account, the T-Town Menswear owner could be seen standing next to a prominent store display labeled with large text that read, “The Mark Ingram ‘Heisman’ Suit.

Mark Ingram Heisman Suit Display At T-Town Menswear

Ingram could be seen in the same suit inside T-Town Menswear in one of Al-Betar’s Facebook photos, while another Al-Betar formerly online picture showed an Ingram-autographed helmet and jersey in a storefront display in a camera-timestamped October 19, 2010 photo.

Mark Ingram Store Displays At T-Town Menswear

Additional photos from Al-Betar’s defunct Facebook account placed Ingram at T-Town Menswear on  June 25, 2010 - along with former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.

An Al-Betar photo of another T-Town Menswear storefront display dated May 26, 2010, contained a large image of Ingram as part of an Alabama football collectible print. A photo dated September 15, 2010 by Al-Betar’s Facebook account showed additional, high profile displays throughout the store that included Ingram.

Mark Ingram With Tuscaloosa Police Signed Print Which Includes Trent Richardson Autograph And Standing In Front Of Store Display Of Himself

Ingram could also been seen inside the store taking a picture with a Tuscaloosa Police Officer in a Facebook-dated October 26, 2010, photo inside T-Town Menswear. Caught in the shot of Ingram and the police officer by Al-Betar was a large action photo of Ingram seen above the two men on display next to the store’s checkout counter.

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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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UA Booster: ‘We sell stuff’ in front of ‘no sale’ sign

For his Tuesday piece titled, “Why did so many Alabama football players sign so much stuff for one men’s store owner?“, BIRMINGHAM NEWS columnist Kevin Scarbinsky visited the T-Town Menswear store owned by University of Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar.

(Complete Video Available Exclusively At TideSports.com)

After noting in his story that Al-Betar greeted him at the store by saying, “I can’t talk to you,” Scarbinsky wrote:

The school informed al.com of the letter Friday and provided us a copy of it Sunday. It appears to be a form letter because the salutation says, “To Whom It May Concern” and the letter itself doesn’t include the name of the owner, the business or any specific Alabama player.

The letter accuses Albetar of “selling or distributing, for commercial purposes,” signed memorabilia from current players. The letter tells him that his actions could jeopardize the eligibility of those players and asks him to stop.

On that point, there’s an interesting sticker on the glass storefront. It reads, “Bama Memorabilia. DISPLAY ONLY. NOT FOR SALE.”

An Alabama source said Friday that the school did not believe the eligibility of any current player was in jeopardy and that the school did not forward information about the situation to the SEC or NCAA. That seems an awfully confident stance given the current enforcement climate.

The “interesting sticker on the glass storefront” Scarbinsky referenced in his Birmingham News piece also appeared in a Jan. 22, 2011, TUSCALOOSA NEWS-produced video for TideSports.com.

As part of the video report on a Jan. 22, 2011, autograph signing by former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy produced by Al-Betar and staged outside his T-Town Menswear store in Tuscaloosa’s University Mall, Al-Betar was asked if any of the vast array of signed Alabama football memorabilia inside his store was available for sale.


While standing in front of his “Bama Memorabilia. DISPLAY ONLY. NOT FOR SALE” storefront window sticker and pointing to the inside of T-Town Menswear, the now UA-disassociated Al-Betar said:

“We have stuff for sale and stuff they can enjoy.”

The entire seven-minute video is available exclusively at TideSports.com.

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Why Is Defrocked UA Booster Partying With Cody?

Six days ago photos first surfaced online of Alabama football players signing memorabilia inside T-Town Menswear, a Tuscaloosa clothing store located three miles from the University of Alabama campus.

Terrence Cody and T-Town Menswear Owner Tom Al-Betar

The photos, uploaded to the Facebook accounts of store owner and proprietor Tom Al-Betar, also showed current, signed Alabama player memorabilia on display inside the store.

Among some of the football players depicted in the T-Town Menswear Facebook photos was Trent Richardson, Julio Jones and Terrence Cody.

Cody, who played an important role in the Crimson Tide’s 2009 National Championship season, is now a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.

Terrence Cody new suits in TTown Menswear

Cody can be seen in T-Town Menswear photos wearing news suits inside the store, signing memorabilia and socializing with Al-Betar.

Terrence Cody signed gloves print and new suit TTown Menswear

Several of the Facebook photos show Cody holding an autographed Alabama football helmet inside T-Town Menswear two weeks before the Crimson Tide’s 2010 BCS Championship victory over Texas.

Terrence Cody signed helmet inside T-Town Menswear in 2009

In additional Al-Betar Facebook photos, a similarly-signed Cody helmet can be seen in two different display windows at T-Town Menswear, with one picture camera-timestamped Jan. 17, 2010 and the other May 26, 2010.

In a camera-timestamped photo, Cody can also be seen with several of his Alabama teammates inside the Tuscaloosa suit store on Dec. 29, 2009.

Alabama players inside T-Town Menswear 2009

From the photos posted by Al-Betar, Cody made multiple visits to T-Town Menswear over the years. During those visits Cody was often shown autographing Alabama football memorabilia.

Terrence Cody signing autographs inside TTown Menswear

Al-Betar’s personal Facebook account also featured a group of photos titled, “Boys Night Out Cody.”

Terrence Cody partying with Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar

In those pictures, Cody can be seen taking a shot with friends while in another photo he’s partaking in a hookah pipe with Al-Betar.

Also included in the photos was a shot of Cody’s family at dinner and the Alabama lineman’s infant daughter being held by Al-Betar inside T-Town Menswear.

Alabama Booster Tom Al-Betar holds Terrence Cody's baby daughter

Al-Betar’s Cody-themed photos also include Alabama football players Jones and Roy Upchurch inside T-Town Menswear as Upchurch is seen holding two packages of shirts.

Terrence Cody Julio Jones Roy Upchurch with shirts inside TTown Menswear

In response to multiple reports detailing the activities of Al-Betar and Alabama football players by Clay Travis of OutKickTheCoverage.com, Alabama reported on Friday that it sent a Dec. 22, 2010, cease-and-desist letter to Al-Betar ordering him to stop selling signed current Crimson Tide football player items at a kiosk located just outside Al-Betar’s store in Tuscaloosa’s University Mall.

Travis subsequently reported jerseys signed by Jones, Richardson and Marcell Dareus were also seen on sale at a Birmingham mall kiosk last December.

Terrence Cody 2009 Inside T-Town Menswear

Tuesday Travis reported that the University of Alabama sent an official letter to Al-Betar on March 31, 2011, informing him he had been formally disassociated from UA Athletics.

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Why is Richardson Signing With a Suit Jacket On?

Tuesday Nick Saban commented for the first time about the relationship of current Alabama football players to T-Town Menswear store owner Tom Al-Betar.

Trent Richardson wearing suit jacket at T-Town Menswear

Saban told Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN 103.3 in Dallas:

“Our compliance people have been on top of this for a long time. I think this is an example of somebody…it’s not a violation if you sign a shirt for somebody, you just can’t receive compensation for it. We’ve done a cease-and-desist with this establishment a long time ago to make sure everybody understands what players can and can’t do.”

In now-deleted Facebook accounts, Al-Betar previously posted photos of Alabama football players signing memorabilia in his suit store - which is located three miles from the University of Alabama campus.

One of the football players depicted in those photos is current Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who can be seen in an Al-Betar photo signing an Alabama football print while wearing a suit jacket inside T-Town menswear.

Trent Richardson wearing suit jacket at T-Town Menswear

Earlier Wednesday Clay Travis of OutKickTheCoverage.com posted a Dec. 14, 2010, photo showing a Birmingham mall kiosk.

Tom Al-Betar's Mall Kiosk With Autographed Alabama Player Jerseys

At the time of the photo one of the items offered for sale at the kiosk was a Richardson-signed Alabama jersey.

On December 22, 2010, University of Alabama Associate Director for Compliance Mike Ward sent Al-Betar a cease-and-desist letter regarding the sale of memorabilia autographed by current Alabama football players at his kiosk outside T-Town Menswear. Excerpt:

I am writing to you on behalf of several current student-athletes at The University of Alabama. It has been brought to our attention that you are selling or distributing, for commercial purposes, items depicting current University of Alabama student-athletes, specifically, items autographed by current student athletes. The use of a current student-athlete’s name or likeness on commercial items offered for sale, or for advertising or promotional purposes, without his or her knowledge or permission can jeopardize the student-athlete’s eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The letter was addressed to Al-Betar’s kiosk in Tuscaloosa, not the Birmingham kiosk that was photographed on Dec. 14, 2010, selling jerseys of then-current Alabama football players Richardson, Julio Jones and Marcell Dareus.

That signed red jersey for sale at Al-Betar’s kiosk matched a Richardson jersey previously offered for sale by the website ViceAuthenticsMemorabilia.com.

Trent Richardson signed jersey for sale online

The for sale listing for the Richardson jersey has since been pulled by the Alabama-based sports memorabilia website.

Jones can also be seen in Al-Betar Facebook photos inside T-Town menswear signing red jerseys that match the jerseys offered for sale at the Al-Betar Tuscaloosa kiosk targeted by UA compliance and the Birmingham mall kiosk in December.

Julio Jones signs Alabama jerseys inside T-Town Menswear

The signed jerseys were offered for sale at Al-Betar’s kiosk and the Birmingham mall kiosk while Jones was still an active member of the Alabama football team.

Richardson can also be seen in a photo dated Sept. 3, 2010 on Al-Betar’s now-deleted Facebook page signing a white Alabama jersey with his name on it.

That signed white jersey matches a Richardson jersey previously offered for sale by the website ViceAuthenticsMemorabilia.com.

Trent Richardson signing jersey inside T-Town Menswear

ViceAuthenticsMemorabilia.com noted in the listing for the white Richardson jersey for sale:

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

The for sale listing for the white Richardson jersey has since been pulled by the website.

Trent Richardson signing helmet inside T-Town Menswear

Both for sale listings of Richardson-signed memorabilia from ViceAuthenticsMemorabilia.com also noted, “I have multiple signed prints, photos, helmets & jerseys of Trent.

While the exact nature of Richardson’s relationship to Al-Betar is not known, Travis previously posted a photo of the two out to dinner in Tuscaloosa Jan. 23, 2010.

Trent Richardson out to dinner with Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar

Speaking to ESPN 103.3 in Dallas Tuesday, Saban said of the interaction between Al-Betar and Alabama football players:

“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.”

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