HBO: Auburn had chances to comment on report

HBO says Auburn athletic officials chose not to comment for a

report in which four former players said they were paid thousands

of dollars during their recruitment or college careers.

HBO spokesman Ray Stallone released a statement Thursday, a day

after Tigers coach Gene Chizik said he wasn’t contacted ahead of

Wednesday night’s episode of ”Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and

called the report ”pure garbage.”

Stallone said producers called the sports information department

and ”read to them in detail” allegations made by Stanley

McClover, Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick and Raven Gray.

Three of the players said they received multiple payments from

unidentified Auburn supporters. Gray was injured and never played

for Auburn but said he received from $2,500 to $3,000 during his