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Weeden sounds off
September 11, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was waiting for a question about the alleged pay-for-play system at Oklahoma State, and he teed off on it.
Weeden ripped the writer (Thayer Evans) from Sports Illustrated that authored the article. Weeden said Evans has it in for Oklahoma State. Weeden said the ex-players that Evans interviewed aren't credible because of their off-the-field problems.
"I read the first story that came out and literally laughed through the whole thing," Weeden said. "It's comical for a lot of reasons. It happened before I got there. First of all I have a clean slate. I didn't take anything.
"The guys they did question weren't very good sources. They were kicked off the team for drugs. Guys that were kicked off the team for whatever it might be."
Weeden has issues with Evans dating back to Weeden's days as Oklahoma State's quarterback.
"He's an OU (Oklahoma University) guy," Weeden said. "He's always had it out for Oklahoma State. He came up to me after we beat Texas and said, 'When is it going to happen? When is Okie State going to pull their Okie choke like they always do?' "
More installments of SI's probe are coming. Weeden thinks it could get worse before it improves. He said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy runs a clean program and the truth will be revealed in the long run.
"I'm surprised that an institution like Sports Illustrated would do 10 months of investigation and have no credible facts to go along with it," Weeden said. "Mike Gundy runs a clean program. Mr. Pickens (oil man and almunus T. Boone Pickens) is all about doing the right thing. In my five years I saw nothing like that. No wrongdoings that I ever saw."
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