A Baton Rouge man has been arrested after failing to cooperate with an NCAA investigation involving the sale of game worn college football equipment on Ebay.
When questioned, Fletcher Sanders — a 25-year-old shoe store employee — told authorities that he had received cleats and gloves worn in LSU’s win over Ole Miss this past season. Sanders also told authorities that he sold the memorabilia on Ebay and gave the money back to the player that had provided him with the gear. Case closed right?
At this point, authorities asked Sanders which LSU player had given him the equipment, but he curtly declined. Even after he was threatened with jail time if he didn’t comply, Sanders replied, “do what you have to do. I am not going to be responsible for ruining someone’s career.”
Left with no alternative, Baton Rouge PD booked him on counts of principal to theft and possession of stolen things.
BOOM! I absolutely love this. While Sanders might have underestimated the exact legal response to his withholding information, I totally respect him going to bat for this kid.
In case you were wondering, Sanders was charged because technically, student-athletes lease equipment from the team, and LSU is trying to recover said missing items. It would be a real shame if they had to dip into the $109,173,162 the football team generated in 2014 in order to replace them. (RELATED: How Much Is Your Favorite College Football Team Worth?)
P.S. — Geaux Tigers, bitch.