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Posted Thursday, February 03, 2011 02:28 PM

Should we cover point-shaving rumors?


Yesterday, Covers.com reported on the apparently spineless rumors that surfaced regarding Syracuse basketball and point-shaving – just like we should have.

Rumors, true or false, move point spreads. (Remember Cam Newton?) We wouldn’t be serving our readers (sports bettors) if we didn’t at least acknowledge the rumors. And that’s what we did.

The originator of the rumor apologized Wednesday in a post on the same site (pocketfives.com) that he started the rumor.

“This was a rumor I had heard as well as read on other forums such as therxforum.com and was speculative. In no way should this discussion be taken as any sort of insider info or anything of the like. It was never intended to go outside of this forum, and other blogs who are referencing this are doing so using completely unreliable and uncredible information. There is zero basis to this rumor on my behalf, and when someone like the reporter for YNN decided it was a good idea to tweet and facebook this discussion as if it were factual it got way out of hand and was done in incredibly poor and careless taste.

“I apologize to the team as well as it's fans for the level this was taken too: specifically Sccop Jardine, Dion Waiters, and James Southerland. Again, this thread was not intended to be any sort of a sports blog or direct accusation by me against anyone, it was merely a discussion thread on a poker forum and should have been treated as such.’’

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