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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Reggie Bush to be stripped of Heisman trophy

So looks like Reggie will be handing back his Heisman that you see in this picture. In a lot of ways I can even understand some of the things that he did leading to this situation, but not all. No one has ever had the prestigious award stripped away (not even O.J and he might have murdered someone!) From what I understand Bush took money from what seems like a lot of outlets. Here is the laundry list of his allegations: A $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush's stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The fees were charged to the credit card of Jamie Fritz, an employee of Ornstein. The document detailing the charges was provided by Lee Pfeifer, an estranged business associate of Ornstein's. $250.65 for limousine transportation from the Oakland airport to the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco that November weekend, Suits for Bush's stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation; Weekly payments of at least $1, and $623.63 for a hotel stay by Bush at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from March 11-13, 2005, charged to Michaels, according to a document signed by Bush. $1,574.86 for a stay by Bush at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego from March 4-6, 2005, paid for by Michaels, according to a hotel document, a hotel employee and a source. Approximately $13,000 to Bush from New Era to purchase and modify a car, three sources said. As reported by Yahoo! Sports in April, $54,000 in rent-free living for a year at Michaels' $757,500 home in Spring Valley, Calif., according to Michaels and San Diego attorney Brian Watkins. Also from previous Yahoo! reports, $28,000 from Michaels to help Bush's family settle pre-existing debt, according to Michaels and Watkins. Thousands of dollars in spending money to both Bush and his family from the prospective agents, according to multiple sources.Now in looking at that list you can see why USC and Bush are in so much trouble. I mean not only was he taking the money, he was taking large amounts and benefits. At a certain point and time you have to think someone is going to notice that new house and car your parents got and to make things worse he didn't pay back Mike Ornstein the money he gave him in the first place. Bush is a well paid athlete, that part of it should not have been a problem. Now he has made his bed and has to lay in it.

Editor note: Reports are now surfacing that he not be stripped of the award. As you can see this will be a saga that will play itself out.

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