Attorney: Rogers made 'stupid decision' with text

By David Brandt/The Associated Press

An attorney for Kenny Rogers says his client knows he made “a stupid decision” when he sent a fellow Mississippi State booster a text of Cecil Newton’s payment plan to secure his son’s commitment to the Bulldogs.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Doug Zeit says Rogers sent the text after Cecil Newton insisted he do it. Zeit says Rogers sent the text to Bill Bell requesting $80,000 the day after Cam Newton signed with MSU, $50,000 30 days later and another $50,000 30 days after that.

Zeit says no money ever changed hands.

The Newtons’ attorney, George Lawson, told WSB-TV of Atlanta Thursday that he is “one million percent” certain Cam Newton — who signed with Auburn — did not take any money. Lawson says if Cecil Newton discussed money, his son “knew nothing” about it.