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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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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‘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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Dinner: Trent’s Baby Daughters, Mom, BOOSTER!?

Here’s a photo - uploaded to Facebook on February 11, 2011 - of current Alabama star running back Trent Richardson, his two baby daughters and Richardson’s mother Katrina taken by disassociated Alabama booster and Tuscaloosa suit store owner Tom Al-Betar:

Trent Richardson his two baby girls and his mom with Tom Albetar out to dinner

The photo was taken February 9, 2011 with the following Facebook caption provided by the disgraced UA supporter Al-Betar:

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

“Trent and he’s Momm and kids at dinner two days ago having fun with my boy.”

Al-Betar, who earlier this year confirmed to the TUSCALOOSA NEWS that he sells Alabama football memorabilia inside his suit store, also had a photo on his Facebook account showing Richardson and his mother in T-Town Menswear on New Year’s Day, 2010 - before Alabama’s national championship game against Texas. Read more…

Bama Star: Another Outing With Ousted Booster

Three weeks ago this now-deleted Facebook photo of Trent Richardson having dinner with officially disassociated Alabama booster and Tuscaloosa suit store owner Tom Al-Betar at a Japanese steakhouse in Tuscaloosa surfaced on the site outkickthecoverage.com:

Trent Richardson and disgraced Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar out to dinner. Again.

(Evidence of  disgraced booster’s relationship to Bama stars piling up)

Now a new photo of Richardson and T-Town Menwear Owner Al-Betar has come to light, with the two pictured at another dinner at a Japanese steakhouse in Tuscaloosa on a different occasion:

Trent Richardson at dinner with Disgraced Bama booster Tom Al-Betar

With this new, photo-documented revelation, the NCAA rules violation scandal rendering  Julio Jones and Mark Ingram retroactively ineligible and Nico Johnson and Richardson currently ineligible seems only to be picking up steam.

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Why Is Nico Johnson Signing Cleats In Suit Store?

Friday I documented current starting Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson’s relationship with Tuscaloosa suit store owner and disassociated University of Alabama football booster Tom Al-Betar.

Why is Nico Johnson signing used cleats inside T-Town Menswear?

Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos and a now-deleted Facebook video posted by Al-Betar showed Johnson out to dinner with the defrocked Alabama booster twice and inside Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear store on multiple occasions. Read more…

ANOTHER Current Player? Bama Scandal Deepens

By now you know the University of Alabama has told the BIRMINGHAM NEWS and ESPN that it found “no (NCAA-rules related) wrongdoing” involving the relationship between current football players and Tuscaloosa suit store owner and formally disassociated University of Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar.

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar

(Why is Nico Johnson out to dinner with disassociated booster Tom Al-Betar?)

Nick Saban has echoed that sentiment to Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN 103.3. Dallas and Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore has stated publicly that UA Compliance has done an “outstanding” job in responding to the situation.


Alabama also reportedly has not contacted the NCAA or SEC about dozens of Crimson Tide football memorabilia items signed by current and then-current Alabama players that were displayed at T-Town Menswear during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. (And continue to be displayed to this day.)

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar in 2009

(Julio Jones, Nico Johnson in T-Town Menswear during 2009 season)

Camera-timestamped and Facebook-dated photos since deleted from the web by Al-Betar clearly showing former Alabama football players Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and current Alabama football player Trent Richardson engaged in activities rendering them ineligible per NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1, while additional Al-Betar Facebook photos and video show current Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson engaged in similar NCAA rule-breaking.

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar

Johnson’s involvment with Tuscaloosa suit store owner has included dinner with Al-Betar on at least two different occasions and Johnson visiting T-Town Menswear on nearly a dozen, Facebook photo-documented occasions during the 2009 and 2010 football seasons. One dinner involving Al-Betar and Johnson was recorded on video by Al-Betar and also posted to one of his former Facebook accounts.

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar

Johnson-signed memorabilia can be see in Al-Betar Facebook photos at the T-Town Menswear checkout counter and in a storefront window. Al-Betar first posted a Facebook photo of the T-Town Menswear window display of Johnson’s personalized #35 University of Alabama football jersey and a helmet signed by Johnson in September, 2010.

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar

From Facebook-dated and camera-timestamped photos, Johnson is pictured in now-deleted Al-Betar photos before and after T-Town Menswear featured the Johnson personalized jersey and signed helmet display.

Nico Johnson signed helmet at checkout counter in T-Town Menswear

As Johnson continued to be repeatedly seen inside T-Town Menswear while his personalized jersey and signed helmet was on display in the store window, he is ineligible to play intercollegiate sports per NCAA rule 12.5.2.1 - which states:

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar

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.)

While Ingram and Jones have since left the Alabama program, the confirmed ineligibility of Johnson and Richardson figures to have a considerable impact on Alabama’s upcoming football season.

Nico Johnson and Alabama disassociated booster and suit store owner Tom Al-Betar

That is, if the NCAA follows its own rules.

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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…

Store’s 2010 TV Spot: Current Bama Player Images

The past two weeks, I’ve chronicled activity by a Tuscaloosa suit store owner and University of Alabama student-athletes that, per a particular NCAA rule, renders those Crimson Tide football players ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Mark Ingram, Tom Al-Betar, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson Inside T-Town Menswear in 2009

(Ingram, Jones Likenesses Featured In Suit Store TV Spot)

That athletic ineligibility is not based on student-athletes receiving benefits from T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar. Instead, the current and then-current Alabama football players in question relinquished their eligibility by allowing, tacitly or otherwise, Al-Betar to use their likenesses in multiple T-Town Menswear store displays over a period of multiple years.


The applicable NCAA rule, bylaw 12.5.2.1:

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.)

Al-Betar also used the likenesses of then-current Alabama football players in at least one T-Town Menswear television commercial that aired in the Tuscaloosa market during the summer of 2010.

In a spot uploaded to Tuscaloosa production company Jones Media’s youtube account on June 7, 2010 (screenshot), the helmets of then-current Alabama football players Mark Ingram and Julio Jones could be seen throughout a T-Town Menswear commercial featuring Al-Betar as “Tom.”

Also during the spot while on-camera, suit store owner Al-Betar touted the fact that current Alabama football players patronized his store.

During the commercial, Al-Betar was asked, “Tom I understand that many of the Alabama Crimson Tide football players get clothed here at T-Town Menswear.

Al-Betar’s response: “Yeah, they (current Alabama football players) wear their uniform at the game and they wear my uniform after the game.

Al-Betar’s T-Town Menswear Tuscaloosa television market commercial was hardly a one-off production. Jones Media has produced several Al-Betar commercials, with the latest airing in April - after the suit store owner received an official disassociation letter from the University of Alabama for displaying and selling items signed by current Alabama football players. (The aforementioned activities were confirmed by the University of Alabama in two letters.)

The T-Town Menswear spots date back to at least 2009. On April 18, 2009, then-BIRMINGHAM NEWS Alabama football beat reporter Ian Rapoport noted that former Alabama football player Tyrone Prothro had appeared in a commercial for an Al-Betar Tuscaloosa clothing outlet. (I’ve since confirmed with Rapoport personally that Al-Betar’s suit store business was the subject of the spot.)

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Alabama Football Annual Fan Day: 100 Yard Gasp

Or as they call it in Lee County:


The Running of the Gumps®.

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