The NFL Draft season is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean all eyes aren’t still locked on the top prospects in the class. One of those prospects, Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman DJ Fluker, is in the headlines for a tweet he made and then deleted before the old “I was hacked” defense.
Fluker tweeted about accepting money from agents during his time at Alabama.
Immediately after the tweet (pictured right) surfaced, Fluker deleted it and then his agent came running to his defense.
“We know who did this,” said Fluker’s agent Deryk Gilmore. “This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof. I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”
“I’ll tell you, of course, this wasn’t him. It was bullshit, and it’s a shame. And anyone who believes it was him and wants to believe the worst, you go ahead and do it.
“I mean, my company has an outstanding reputation. This kid, we didn’t even give him a guarantee to sign with us. We gave him nothing. My whole point is that for all the people who are out there saying the worst, let them believe the worst.”
Then, Fluker’s agent tried to put things in perspective.
“I don’t care about it, man,” he said. “We’ve got people getting blown up in Boston. Bigger things.
“Come on now. This was a kid who was in Hurricane Katarina, who’s been poor all his life, who’s done everything the right way. He could have done everything the wrong way, OK? Let’s root for this kid. Let’s not beat him up.”
Tragedies don’t mean that people will avoid making bone-headed tweets, but we do respect where Fluker has come from.
In the end, it won’t matter whether or not Fluker accepted money from agents in college. He will soon be a very rich man playing on an NFL field. Alabama, on the other hand, should prepare for an investigation from the NCAA.