The Knoxville News-Sentinel and Tuscaloosa News are both reporting that Coach Phillip Fulmer was served with a deposition subpoena while attending the SEC Media Days in Birmingham earlier today by attorneys representing disgruntled ex-Alabama booster Wendell Smith in his defamation and libel suit against the NCAA. The deposition notice calls for Fulmer to appear for deposition on 25 September -- two days before the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Auburn Tigers.
Needless to say, this is but one more in a long line of efforts by those implicated in the NCAA’s investigation into recruiting violations by the Alabama Crimson Tide. The subpoena was issued by the firm of Blankenship, Harrelson and Wollitz, LLC. A clerk with the firm who has been credited with serving the subpoena -- Chris Linton -- has been quoted as an attorney related to the case, despite the fact that he is not licensed to practice law, according to the information available from the Alabama State Bar (to that extent, if Mr. Linton hopes to one day be a lawyer, he better be careful -- those bar examiners can be a beast when it comes to prior instances of the unauthorized practice of law...).
Considering that the Blankenship, Harrelson and Wollitz, LLC website includes a "Do I Have a Case" web form as well as a PayPal link (which is a new one for this lawyer), the firm appears ... well ... in the vein of many of the firms that routinely advertise on daytime television.
Have you been in an accident? If so, then somebody, somewhere, owes you money!
Given the absolute refusal of some of the "hangers-on" at Alabama who were implicated in the NCAA’s investigation into recruiting violations to let the matter die, it seems likely that this story will continue on into the future. Unfortunately, the staff at both the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee will have to continue living with these distractions, as will their fans...
...that is, until the lawyers realize they will never collect a dime, and decide their contingency fee agreement wasn’t such a good idea after all.
Subpoena Image Courtesy of: Knoxville News-Sentinel • Video Courtesy of: Tuscaloosa News
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