Providing greater compensation for college football and basketball players has grown into one of the preeminent debates in sports right now, especially in light of the ongoing Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. But former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker's Twitter account begged to differ early Tuesday morning.
Fluker, a former top recruit who helped coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide win three titles in four seasons, tweeted out (@DjFluker76) at 1:03 a.m. Tuesday morning that he accepted extra benefits in college.
Of course, as is customary in this day and age, the tweet was quickly deleted. But not before screen shots and archived links filtered out across the interwebs.
And, just as customary, the blame was shifted onto a hacked account situation. Fluke's agent, Deryk Gilmore, even said he and his client know who is responsible for the hack.
"This is totally fiction, but I'm waiting to get some proof," Gilmore told AL.com. "I've been on the phone with Twitter. ... It was bull and it's a shame. And anyone who believes it was him and wants to believe the worst, you go ahead and do it."
Fluker has yet to make a public statement.
The 6-foot-6, 335-pound tackle is expected to go in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday.