FCA Director named in SI Article

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Updated: 9/10/2013 7:44 pm Published: 9/10/2013 7:42 pm

Part One of the Sports Illustrated article names several people who allegedly paid football players.

One of those allegations is against John Talley, who works with OSU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes. According to the article, John Talley paid former players for work they didn't do.

Four former OSU players Fath' Carter, Brad Girtman, Rodrick Johnson and Thomas Wright are all cited in the Sports Illustrated. They said Talley "either grossly overpaid them" or "compensated them for jobs they didn't do." Girtman said Talley even paid him "$1,500 to $2,000 every two weeks."  Carter added he was once paid by Talley to help shoe horses. Asked if the players did the work, Carter says, "Are you kidding? Most of us hadn't even seen a horse before."

Johnson took to Facebook Tuesday saying Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans took what he said and "flipped it to his own words."

Johnson added he was embarrassed and ashamed of this article writing on facebook, "I was lied to about what the article is about for that I apologize to everyone for!"

John O'Dell, Fellowship of Christian Athletes State Director in Oklahoma released the following statement on Tuesday:

"John Talley has been a valued member of the FCA staff for 20 years. I believe in John as a man of integrity who has made a tremendous impact for Jesus Christ on the lives of countless coaches and athletes during his career. The outpouring of support from both current and former coaches and athletes for John during this time has not only been a blessing for John, but a testament to his character."

From FCA's National Support Center:

"FCA is aware of allegations made against one of its representatives in a recent Sports Illustrated article. FCA officials have discussed the matter with our representative and officials from Oklahoma State University. FCA feels it would not be appropriate to comment further while investigations by Oklahoma State University and the NCAA are in progress."

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