FULMER SLAMS DOOR ON SUBPOENA TALK
July 24, 2008 11:44 am ║ Posted by: JOHN PENNINGTON ║ tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
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Phillip Fulmer just held an impromptu session with members of the Tennessee media in which he once again denied receiving a subpoena to testify in an Alabama booster's lawsuit against the NCAA... despite what an attorney named Chris Linton is telling folks around SEC Media Days.
"I did not receive a subpoena and if you don't ask me any questions about my football team, this interview is over," Fulmer told reporters who had fired off several queries about the paperwork that was or was not delivered to him.
We'll keep you posted as we know more. And our Jimmy Hyams is in the thick of it.
UPDATE -- According to the law firm involved in this case, the subpoena was indeed delivered.
“We did issue it and it was served this morning,” said Brandon Blankenship, of the law firm of Blankenship, Harold & Wallace. “We felt it was a big part of Smith’s case against the NCAA.”
The bottom line now appears to be this: somebody's lying. Either the subpoena was delivered and Fulmer denied it to several members of the Tennessee media including our own Jimmy Hyams.
Or several lawyers at at Birmingham law firm are lying. That would hurt the reputation of a law firm, wouldn't it?
And if it turns out Fulmer stared reporters in the face and fed them a line of bull, that'd really hurt his reputation.