Pics: Trent Richardson Seen Gambling At Casino

Early Friday morning longtime Alabama media personality Paul Finebaum appeared on FOX 6 in Birmingham to set the scene in New Orleans on the weekend before LSU and Alabama meet on Monday at the SuperDome.

Trent Richardson at Harrahs Casino in New Orleans Jan. 7, 2012

(Trent Richardson at New Orleans Casino Saturday night)

During his visit with FOX 6 news anchor Janice Rogers, Finebaum reported that Alabama and LSU football players were spending their off-field time visiting Bourbon Street and patronizing Harrah’s Casino.

We saw reams of Alabama and LSU players, they had a midnight curfew, and, surprise suprise they split their time between Bourbon Street, and I know fans of LSU and Alabama are going to be thrilled to hear this, Bourbon Street and Harrah’s Casino.

About a quarter ’til twelve we went in there (Harrah’s Casino), I saw mainly LSU players, one very prominent one I might add but I’ll keep his name out of it. I hope he’s an adult although I think he is based on his alleged criminal activity of a few months ago.

I was a little surprised to see football players gambling, in a legal casino I might add, but it still surprised me. I guess I’m getting old.

Rogers then asked Finebaum, “I did hear that the curfews were midnight. Maybe one (team) had a one o’clock curfew, will that not start tightening up now today?


Finebaum replied:

Yes, it’s interesting I saw Trent Richardson out on, I think it was Bourbon Street, and he ran into one of his coaches and they were talking and, Trent really is a very nice kid, and he said, ‘coach I hate to do this but I’ve got curfew in ten minutes, I’ve got to run.’

Speaking of Richardson, the Alabama star running back was seen the evening after Finebaum’s comments at Harrah’s Casino around 11pm local time.

Trent Richardson at Harrahs Casino in New Orleans Jan. 7, 2012

(Trent Richardson at New Orleans Casino Saturday night) 

Richardson was also photographed visiting the New Orleans gambling parlor Saturday night around 11:30pm local time.

Trent Richardson at Harrahs Casino in New Orleans Jan. 7, 2012

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Ingram: Trent Richardson’s ‘Humble’ Life Coach

During Saturday’s ESPNU telecast of the Alabama-Vanderbilt football game, ESPN’s Clay Matvick reported that Trent Richardson told the ESPN announcer before the game that Mark Ingram, “taught him humility.” ESPN game analyst Brian Griese later added that Richardson told him that he still speaks with Ingram “two or three times a week.”

(Was ‘classless’ Ingram’ taunting ‘Supercam?)

If the above play taken from the Saints-Panthers game aired on FOX the next day is any indication, it appears Ingram has been teaching Richardson about NCAA rules compliance too.

Mark Ingram, Tom Al-Betar, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson Inside T-Town Menswear in 2010

But you already knew that.

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Court Docs: AJ McCarron 2011 Yukon - No Plates!

As documented here the past 48 hours, Alabama court records and a Facebook-dated photo link Trent Richardson and his mother Katrina to five separate vehicles in the last two years.

AJ McCarron owner of 2011 Yukon with no license plate

Traffic court documents show the Alabama football star as owner of a GMC Yukon and Nissan Altima in just the past 10 months - in addition to Richardson being seen gassing up another large SUV in a photo dated August 12, 2010, and posted on the now-deleted Facebook account of formally disassociated Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar.

Trent Richardson gassing up large SUV - not the GMC Yukon he was pulled over in in 2011

Alabama public court records also show Katrina Richardson was driving separate rental cars during her most recent traffic stops inside the state.

Katrina Richardson Rentals Cars And Address Discrepancy

Trent Richardson though is not the only member of the Crimson Tide shown to own multiple vehicles in recent Alabama court documents. Read more…

Tide Pryority: Trent Richardson Has 23 Tattoos!?!

As an Alabama football star, Trent Richardson is likely aware there’s a fine line between a quiet off-field life and one rife with controversy.


So how does Richardson manage his time when outside the lines?

In the audio above, the Crimson Tide Heisman Trophy candidate provided insight into his off-field priorities while appearing on The Chris Vernon Show on 730 Fox Sports Memphis last July.

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Docs: Richardson’s Other New Car, Georgia Plates

Yesterday SbB reported Chilton County, Alabama, public court records showed Trent Richardson was driving a “GMC YUKON” with a “Vehicle year” of 2011 - and was listed as the owner of the SUV - when he was ticketed for speeding by an Alabama Highway Patrol Officer on August 28, 2011.

Trent Richardson speeding ticket: 2011 GMC Yukon - large rims threw speedometer off

(2011 Yukon: Stripped sticker = $40,000)

At the time of the infraction, the attending officer also noted as part of the “Details” section of the speeding ticket that Richardson “STATED HIS LARGE RIMS THROW SPEEDOMETER OFF.

Trent Richardson traffic ticket: Owner of 2010 Nissan Altima with Georgia Plates

(Not again!)

According to Conecuh County, Alabama, public court records, Richardson was also involved in a traffic stop on Oct. 31, 2010, in which the accompanying ticket reported the star Alabama running back as the owner of a vehicle different from the 2011 GMC Yukon listed on the Chilton County ticket 10 months later. Read more…

Docs: Richardson’s 2011 Yukon With ‘Large Rims’

A year after disassociated Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar added the below Facebook photo of Trent Richardson gassing up a large SUV, Richardson was pulled over for speeding in the city of Clanton, Alabama.

Chilton County (AL) public court records show the attending Alabama Highway Patrol Officer reported on August 28, 2011, that Richardson was driving a “GMC YUKON” with a “Vehicle year” of 2011. The law enforcement officer also noted as part of the “Details” section of the speeding ticket that Richardson “STATED HIS LARGE RIMS THROW SPEEDOMETER OFF.

Trent Richardson speeding ticket: 2011 GMC Yukon - large rims threw speedometer off

Richardson was also reported as the owner of the GMC Yukon in the same speeding ticket.

Considering the NCAA has access to Richardson’s bank records - like all student-athletes under the auspices of the intercollegiate governing body - it wouldn’t take long for the NCAA to find out exactly how the Alabama star running back acquired a vehicle with a current base sticker price of $38,945.

That’s without the “LARGE RIMS“.

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Rogue Booster’s Photo: “Trent at the new home!”

Disassociated Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar posted the below photo of Alabama football star Trent Richardson to his now-deleted Facebook page on February 11, 2011:

Trent Richardson at the new home

The description of the photo on Al-Betar’s Facebook page read, “Trent and his new Dog at the new home!

That caption was followed by a comment by Al-Betar which noted of Richardson, “Mr. big # have new dig.

Trent Richardson Katrina Richardson and Tom Al-Betar at T-Town Menswear

On the same day Al-Betar uploaded that photo to his defunct Facebook page, he posted a photo of Trent Richardson’s mother and the Crimson Tide running back’s two daughters with the photo description: “Trent and he’s Momm and kids dinner 2 days ago having fun with my boy.

Richardson and/or his likeness has now been seen in subsequently-deleted Facebook photographs posted by Al-Betar:

1) In the above picture in which Al-Betar describes Richardson as being “at the new home!

2) Inside Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear store in Tuscaloosa repeatedly signing items used by Al-Betar as promotional store displays.

3) Inside Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear store in Tuscaloosa signing multiple personalized memorabilia items for Al-Betar - some of which matched items for sale at an online auction site and a Birmingham mall kiosk.

4) Inside Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear store in Tuscaloosa being fitted for - and picking up - new suits.

5) Out to dinner with Al-Betar on at least four different occasions. (Including at his own birthday party.)

And don’t forget Al-Betar confirming on video that he sells Alabama memorabilia inside his T-Town Menswear store - while standing in front of a storefront sign which reads, “‘Bama memorabilia DISPLAY ONLY NOT FOR SALE.

With the photo-documented evidence of Richardson’s relationship with Al-Betar, court records of Richardson mother Katrina’s rental car-fueled 2010 move to Alabama, Richardson’s adoptive brother confirmed as member of the 2009 Brooks (AL) High School football team and now the “new home” photo posted by disassociated booster Al-Betar, might it be time for NCAA rules enforcement investigators to seek some answers from the University of Alabama?

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Richardson Mom: Rental Cars, 2010 Alabama Pad

Eight months ago T-Town Menswear owner and disassociated Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar posted a series of Facebook photos showing him in the company of Trent Richardson, Richardson’s mother Katrina and the current Alabama football star’s daughters.

(Trent’s mom: Pensacola “home” in 11/2010 but court doc shows otherwise)

In one of the photos, Richardson and his mother are shown with Al-Betar at the rogue booster’s menswear store - where Trent Richardson can be seen in dozens of other now-deleted Al-Betar photos signing T-Town Menswear promotional store displays and personalized Alabama football memorabilia - and picking out new suits.

Until I posted the photos of Richardson’s mother and daughters with Al-Betar last month, the Richardsons had given every indication that the football player’s family still resided in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.

Story about Trent Richardson family moving to Alabama came six days after SbB posted photos of family and booster

(Six days after Booster’s pics posted on SbB, move to Alabama reported)

Though six days after I noted Al-Betar’s Richardson family photos on the disgraced Bama supporter’s Facebook page, the PENSACOLA NEWS-JOURNAL suddenly struck up a story about how Richardson’s mother and daughters had moved to Alabama. From the PNJ piece:

The driving force behind all of Richardson’s hard work are his daughters — Taliyah, 5, and Elevera, 3.

The pair are growing up too quickly for their 20-year-old father’s liking, and having them nearly 250 miles away in Pensacola wasn’t working.

So Richardson’s mom helped move them closer. The girls now live in Birmingham, about 60 miles west of Tuscaloosa. Richardson’s girlfriend — Taliyah and Elevera’s mother — and his mother and grandmother all help to watch the girls.

The Pensacola News-Journal provided no detail on Richardson’s mother and daughters moving from Pensacola to Alabama but Katrina Richardson appeared to indicate in a November 4, 2010, SHREVEPORT TIMES article that she was still living in Pensacola. From the story:

It would have been a lot easier on Katrina Richardson, if her son Trent had just gone to LSU.

That way her older son Terrell Richardson, a senior starting defensive end at Louisiana-Lafayette who is among the team leaders with three tackles for losses, would be much closer to his brother Trent Richardson, a tailback at Alabama who leads the Crimson Tide with 606 yards rushing.

And she would have much easier travel plans to see both play in person.

“Oh, it’s so hard,” she said from her home in Pensacola, Fla.

If Katrina Richardson provided her correct address to the Pickens County, Alabama, traffic court following a traffic stop in late 2009, Trent Richardson’s mother has been living in the Birmingham area since at least April 11, 2010.

Katrina Richardson speeding case #4551 was related to document that showed her 4/2010 Alabama address

(Case #4551: Katrina Richardson speeding ticket related to below certificate)

In response to being pulled over on November 30, 2009, in an Avis rental car for speeding (Case #4551) and failing to provide a necessary child restraint for a passenger (Case #4552), Katrina Richardson later submitted proof to the Pickens County, Alabama, Traffic Court of her completion of a defensive driving course.

Katrina Richardson traffic ticket that revealed her April 11, 2010, Leeds, Alabama address

Part of that proof was a document Katrina Richardson submitted to the court that reported her “address” to be located in the Birmingham suburb of Leeds, Alabama. (I’ve redacted the exact address and other personal details of all documents in this post - though the information is available to anyone online via public records requests.)

Katrina Richardson was also pulled over in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, on April 17, 2010 for failing to provide a necessary child restraint for a passenger. (Case #12354.) Despite listing her “address” as being in Leeds, Alabama six days earlier to Pickens County Traffic Court, this time Richardson claimed a Pensacola address to Tuscaloosa County Law Enforcement.

Katrina Richardson Rentals Cars And Address Discrepancy

 (Trent’s mom traffic stops: Two separate rental cars, address discrepancy)

Katrina Richardson was also cited for driving a Hertz rental car in the latter traffic stop, different from the Avis rental car she was documented to be driving when pulled over in Pickens County.

So who owns the (Birmingham-area) Leeds, Alabama, home Trent Richardson’s mother claimed as her residence in early 2010?

At the time Katrina Richardson claimed her Leeds, Alabama, resident address, April 11, 2010, a public title search of the home at the same address reveals it was in foreclosure at that time - with Fannie Mae as the last property tax assessee.

Katrina Richardson listed the folliowing home address in Birmingham Alabama in April 2010

(Home at the address Katrina Richardson listed to Pickens County Court in 2010)

Though according to Jefferson County 2011 property tax records, the mailing address of a woman named Kristie Kessler is listed as the property tax assessee. Ms. Kessler appears to own multiple properties in the Birmingham area including one with Dr. Allen W. Kessler.

Daugher of Dr. Allen W. Kessler owns home at address Katrina Richardson claimed to Pickens County Court

(Father of woman who owns home at address claimed by Katrina Richardson)

A check at the time of this post of Dr. Kessler’s Facebook page for his Fairfield, Alabama-based dental practice yielded the above image - which includes a seemingly non-sequitur reference to Trent Richardson.

Phone records connected to a title search of the Leeds, Alabama, single-family home found at the same address Katrina Richardson submitted to Pickens County Traffic Court on April 11, 2010, also yield the name Alethea Longmire - the mother of the son of Trent Richardson’s brother Terrell. The title search also shows that Longmire’s phone number was first associated with the address in April, 2010, the same month and year Trent Richardson’s mother claimed the Birmingham-area address to Pickens County Traffic Court.

Phone records connect Terrell Richardson baby momma to address of Katrina Richardson

(Trent brother’s baby momma connected to Katrina-claimed address)

There is further indication that at least one other member of Trent Richardson’s family, his adoptive brother Zan Carter, moved from Pensacola to Killen, Alabama, in 2009. At the time of this post Carter was still listed on the MaxPreps.com website as a player on the Killen-located 2009 Brooks High School freshman football squad that year.

Zan Carter, adoptive brother of Trent Richardson, played for Brooks High School Freshman Team in Killen Alabama in 2009

Brooks High has yielded multiple Alabama football players over the years, including former Crimson Tide player Freddie Roach, who was a member of the Crimson Tide football support staff until taking a job as an assistant junior college coach in February, 2011.

Since his move from Pensacola to Killen in 2009, Carter has also attended Huffman High School Birmingham, which is located about 13 miles from the address Katrina Richardson claimed to Pickens County Court on April 11, 2010.

Trent Richardson’s adoptive brother Zan Carter is now currently enrolled at Paul W. Bryant High School in the Tuscaloosa area.

With the Richardson family of modest means, it isn’t unreasonable to think that the funding of their now-documented move from Pensacola to various locations within the state of Alabama may be outside of NCAA rules.

Katrina Richardson Rentals Cars And Address Discrepancy

(Trent Richardson’s mom: Two traffc stops, two different rental cars)

That thought is further fueled by the separate rental cars Katrina Richardson was driving - as documented by Alabama law enforcement - in her two most recent traffic stops.

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Video: Trent Richardson Playing Pickup Football

What’s it like to play pickup football with Trent Richardson?


Now you know.

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‘befor duke game with my boys fitting there suit’

Before he deleted both of his Facebook accounts last month, Alabama booster and T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar published several photos to one of those accounts in an album titled, “befor duke game me and my boys fitting there suit.

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

The photos show Al-Betar, ex-Alabama football player Julio Jones and current Crimson Tide star Trent Richardson outside the fitting rooms of Al-Betar’s suit store, located just a couple miles from the Alabama campus.

Jones and Richardson played for Alabama in its game against Duke on Sept. 18, 2010, so both were presumably in T-Town Menswear the day Al-Betar’s Facebook photos were taken to acquire suits they would wear on gameday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC.

Trent Richardson reaches for suit in T-Town Menswear

University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore sent a letter to Al-Betar in March banning him from any formal association with the Alabama Athletic Department.

In the letter, Al-Betar was cited by Moore for displaying personalized Alabama football memorabilia in his T-Town Menswear store that featured the likenesses of current Alabama football players - a violation of NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1.

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

NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1 states:

NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1 states: “an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual permits the use of his or her name or picture to promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.” (Page 74.)

As documented here in recent weeks, Al-Betar has displayed countless personalized Alabama football memorabilia items featuring Richardson, Jones and Mark Ingram inside T-Town Menswear over the years.

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

Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear store displays, which featured a “The Mark Ingram Heisman Suit” promotional display, date back to the summer of 2009 and included signed, personalized items from all three Alabama football stars. (In Al-Betar’s previous store, he displayed similar Alabama football memorabilia.)

In addition, Richardson, Jones and Ingram have been seen in dozens of Al-Betar Facebook and Myspace photos inside T-Town Menswear while those store displays - featuring their likenesses - were in full view.

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

Al-Betar’s now-private Myspace account has also included photos of Jones in different suits on Alabama football gamedays throughout the 2008 season. Like the below photo of Jones in a white suit, posted to Al-Betar’s Myspace account on December 5, 2008:

Julio Jones 2008 Suit from Tom Al-Betar Myspace Account Photos

And this photo of Jones in a dark suit, also posted to Al-Betar’s Myspace account on December 5, 2008:

Julio Jones 2008 Suit from Tom Al-Betar Myspace Account Photos

And this photo of Jones before Alabama played Georgia in 2008 in Athens, Georgia posted to Al-Betar’s Myspace account on December 5, 2008:

Julio Jones 2008 Suit from Tom Al-Betar Myspace Account Photos

So just exactly how long has Al-Betar been enjoying the company of Jones and Ingram at the disassociated booster’s clothing establishments?

Good question.

Tom Al-Betar, Julio Jones and Mark Ingram in Al-Betar's old store in 2008

From the above photo posted to Al-Betar’s Myspace account on Sept. 30, 2008, which was taken in his old clothing store, at the very least we’ve now verified that Jones and Ingram were enjoying the disgraced Alabama football booster’s company nearly a year before the now-notorious T-Town Menswear store had ever opened its doors.

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