Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden calls Sports Illustrated report “comical”

I’ve read the first story that came out and literally I laughed throughout the entire thing. It’s comical for a lot of reasons and I won’t take a lot of time to go through the whole deal, but obviously it’s dealing more with before I got there. First of all, clean slate, I didn’t take any money or do anything like that. That wasn’t the issue. It all happened before I got there. But the guys that they did question were not very good sources to question because they are kids that got kicked off the team for drugs or for whatever it might be. They were dismissed and so these are guys that aren’t real credible. And the guy who wrote the article, we had a little run-in at Texas. He’s an OU guy. He’s always had it out for Oklahoma State, so he comes up to me after we beat Texas and he said, ‘when’s it going to happen? When’s Okie State going to pull it’s Okie choke? Like they always do.’ I laughed and said, ‘Who is this clown?’ to our SID guys.’ And long story short the guy has always had it out for Oklahoma State. He’s got a track record. You can go look it up. I’m not going to say his name. You can go look and see what he’s done. But he’s had it out for us, so it’s comical. The truth will come out. I’m surprised. Here’s what I’m surprised about is that a credible institution like Sports Illustrated would do 10 months of investigation and they have no credible facts to go along with the story.

— Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, Wednesday, discussing a recent report published by Sports Illustrated that allegedly uncovers a pay-for-play program and Oklahoma State, the quarterback’s alma mater. The reporter in question is Thayer Evans who, along with prize-winning investigative reporter George Dohrmann, was a contributor to the 10-month investigation. The report alleges improprieties such as players receiving compensation as well as academic fraud. The school has claimed that they are looking into said allegations.

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  • MrCleaveland

    Not a very serious response by Weeden. He should be a little more mature in his assessment of this situation and treat it a little more seriously. I’m sure this isn’t some fairy tale that SI made up.

    Weeden just doesn’t seem to have the kind of personality that makes a respected leader. He’s not the only one, of course, but he can’t keep acting like a goofy college kid all his life.

  • mgbode

    here is the appropriate response:

  • Dave

    My suspicion is that if SI did a similar investigation of every single school that has ever made a bowl game, and more than a few that haven’t been anywhere near a bowl game, they’d find a lot of what they found at OK State.

  • JHop

    Exactly. This isn’t some report BuzzFeed or TMZ churned out over the weekend to get some page views. While there may not be “facts” – as there often are not in situations like this – it’s highly unlikely that all of the individuals interviewed for the piece would have the same story, even if they were all disgruntled. If so, then we have one hell of a conspiracy story on our hands, which would still make a great story. Either way, it’s a win-win for SI.

  • This comes off as a little too dismissive for my taste. An institution like SI doesn’t just put it’s credibility on the line and waste ten months of work without some sort of good reason.

  • nj0

    People who aren’t loyal to an organization are more likely to be willing to speak of the ills of an organization. That doesn’t discredit what they say.

    And the guy who hates OSU dug up some dirt on the program? Makes sense to me. How about we talk about the allegations in the article? Oh, you weren’t even there Brandon. So why are you commenting so extensively on this?

  • nj0

    Really. If we’re going to lose on the field, the least the front office could do is find some players who we’re proud to cheer for.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Weeden is Anderson’s red headed step brother!

  • mgbode

    Mangini is available for GM duties

  • Everyone should go read Jason Whitlock’s response to the SI article.


  • mgbode

    he pretty much says the same thing that Weeden did:

    I am completely and utterly flabbergasted that a legitimate news outlet would allow Thayer Evans to be involved in some type of investigative piece on college football that tears down a program, and particularly one that tears down Oklahoma State when it is no secret what a huge, enormous, gigantic Oklahoma homer Thayer Evans is. This is just incredible.

  • nj0

    I’m not sure why people are touting Whitlock’s response so much. Seems like a lot of ad homs and misdirection that doesn’t address the actual issue.

    1.) I don’t understand the argument “The whole NCAA/collegiate system, therefore we should not pay attention to individual instance of corruption.” Wrong is wrong as well as noteworthy especially when so few corrupt programs get outed.

    2.) Whitlock says, “When I learned Thayer Evans was involved, I just said, there’s no way I’ll read this because there’s no reason to trust this reporter on anything of any substance.” So Whitlock has not even read the piece.

    3.) As for Evans, I don’t know him or his quality of reporting. I do know that being an OU homer does not disprove the dirt he’s dug up on OSU. I also know that if you callsomeone “simpleminded” and a “hack” who “isn’t qualified”, saying “it isn’t personal” doesn’t exactly ring true.

    4.)”We’re into this area where unnamed sources can say anything, any of these he-said, she-said stories.” These stories have multiple people putting their names next to their allegations. Whitlock might know this if he read the piece. Same thing with “you don’t have to name that booster”? Many boosters were named.

  • nj0

    How about coach?

  • nj0

    Fair enough, but it’d be an important story, whatever the school.

  • nj0

    Which is to say – message? what message? look at the messenger! (Weeds, I’m all about some healthy skepticism, but if you’re going to comment then at least address what was actually alleged in the article!)

  • MrCleaveland


    Sports Illustrated calls Brandon Weeden’s performance Sunday “comical.”

  • nj0

    Here’s what I’m surprised about is that a credible institution like the Browns would do 9 months of preparation and they have no credible quarterback to go along with the team.

  • MrCleaveland

    +++++++++++ !

  • Drich

    I disagree? He’s sticking up for his school and not being disrespectful at all.

  • mgbode

    oh, agree that Whitlock is a blowhard and OkieState did something.

    however, it is also crazy that SI allowed an OU homer to be on the case. a judge will recuse himself if he is biased. well, a reporter is supposed to do the same. hurts the credibility of the report (and I tend to believe the report, but it hurts)

  • saggy

    Jason Whitlock is a racist chump journalist whose opinion i couldn’t care less about.

    I think his comments are undeniably selfish and self-aggrandizing. There is no place in any profession for the way he is treating the work of his peers. To be so dismissive and angry means there is something more to this story than just his feelings about this story.

    And defending Cam Newton and his dad? Scumbags the both. And how that kid wasn’t suspended for anything is beyond me. But, wait, we’ve got kids down in Columbus selling their own gear – get em!

    Whitlock sucks – i can’t stand his work, and now there is one more reason for me never to read/listen to him again.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I don’t agree with this… Tom Brady and Peyton Manning joke with the media as well. I distinctly remember Manning saying something about his “idiot kicker getting liquored up”.

  • Roosevelt

    I have no problem with college players taking money to play, and I’m also pretty sure that nobody needs to order “hostesses” to sleep with players as a matter of school policy – it would happen anyway without culpability. It bugs me that reporters keep coming out with stories like this, when it’s obvious that every school does it (and ought to do it, as a moral matter) and those who are exposed are the ones chosen by media management for maximum hysteria.

    I do find it comical that someone who works for ESPN could criticize the journalistic integrity of anything. This is the network of Skip Bayless and Stephen A.; the network that followed Tim Tebow around and reported on his bowel movements, and then reported on the media uproar; belligerently defended any player who was accused “without evidence” of using PEDs and then pretended to be outraged when players were caught. ESPN is responsible for moving sports dialogue away from semi-intelligent outlets like SI and toward sensationalist tongue wagging outlets like ESPN and Bleacher Report. Thank goodness for blogs like this one, Frowns, Kanicki, etc. which allow us to read amateur writers and fans who despite having day jobs, no training, and almost no access, give us a much, much, better product than ESPN does, and don’t charge us for “insider” information like a 2016 mock draft. Without this, ESPN might have just chased me out of following sports.

  • mgbode

    2016 mock draft? no wonder you don’t want to pay for that one. I mean, alot of those kids are already in college or seniors in HS at least. The 2020 draft is where it’s at. This 8th grade QB from Abiline, TX is going to be the next RGIII, I’m telling you what.

  • nj0

    Paying students to play is different than handing out cash to some players, giving them phoney no-show jobs, paying for on-field performance, handing out grades, etc. I understand that the NCAA sucks, but can’t you see the issue with unfettered, uncontrolled payoffs in college sports? Seems like a really easy way to ruin the integrity of the game.

  • Roosevelt

    The NCAA leaves players and teams with some pretty bad options. Faking grades is a direct effect of the monopolistic agreement that forces uninterested players to go to college. Everything else is a direct result of expecting players to work for free so that colleges can benefit.

  • OSU/Weeden Fan

    Brandon Weeden is a leader and always has been!!! Not sure he ever was a “goofy” college with his age!!! Get to know Brandon and his alma mater!!! His is a class act and he true did learn that from OSU