Potential First-Round Pick DJ Fluker Tweets About Accepting Money at Alabama

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 23, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  D.J. Fluker #76 and William Ming #56 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama  won the game by a score of 21-0.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Just days from the 2013 NFL Draft, former Alabama offensive lineman and potential first-round pick D.J. Fluker has posted shocking revelations on Twitter that he accepted money during his college career with the Crimson Tide.

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 23, at 9:20 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Deryk Gilmore, the agent for D.J. Fluker, has told Don Kausler Jr. of AL.com that he knows who hacked his client's Twitter account late last night.

“We know who did this,” Gilmore said. “This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof. I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”

Gilmore went on to offer an impassioned defense of the talented offensive lineman.

“I’ll tell you, of course, this wasn’t him,” Gilmore said when reached by phone Tuesday morning. “It was bull (bleep), and it’s a shame. And anyone who believes it was him and wants to believe the worst, you go ahead and do it.

“I mean, my company has an outstanding reputation. This kid, we didn’t even give him a guarantee to sign with us. We gave him nothing. My whole point is that for all the people who are out there saying the worst, let them believe the worst.”

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The offensive lineman quickly deleted his controversial comments, but the contents were captured via Landon Howell, Head of Strategy & Content at Fancred.

Since then, Fluker's agent, Deryk Gilmore, posted via his personal Twitter account that Fluker's account was hacked and that it will be re-opened after the draft.

Which, as we've quickly come to expect from high-profile athletes posting controversial things on Twitter, may mean either that he: a) was actually hacked, or b) said something he shouldn't have said and then couldn't delete the tweet quick enough.

The answer is one we'll never know for sure, but the comments do definitely come at a potentially devastating time for Fluker, Alabama and college football as a whole.


Still going through revelations that the Auburn football program potentially paid players to remain in college and altered grades, the news that another program may have paid college players when they shouldn't have—especially one that's won back-to-back BCS National Championship Games—would be huge.


The Crimson Tide have already been the subject of controversy throughout recent years, but it's these latest rumors that have the potential to be truly explosive.


What it will do to Fluker's potential draft stock remains to be seen, as he is invited to the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The lineman is expected to become the third Crimson Tide offensive tackle to be selected in the first round of the draft in the Nick Saban era, with Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listing him as the No. 21 overall pick in his latest mock draft.


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