Weeden trashes SI investigation of OSU program

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was happy to be asked about Sports Illustrated's five-part investigative story into allegations of an incentive-based payment system to players at Oklahoma State dating back to 2001.

Weeden played for the Cowboys from 2008-11, and said he never witnessed any wrongdoing while taking aim at the credibility of the writers of the series called "The Dirty Game." The first part of the series, "The Money," was released Tuesday.

"I've read the first story that came out and literally I laughed throughout the entire thing,'' Weeden said. "It's comical for a lot of reasons and I won't take a lot of time to go through the whole deal, but obviously it's dealing more with before I got there. First of all, clean slate, I didn't take any money or do anything like that. That wasn't the issue.''

Weeden said he never accepted money, and questioned the players the authors, Thayer Evans and George Dohrman, cite in the first installment of the series.

"It all happened before I got there. But the guys that they did question were not very good sources to question because they are kids that got kicked off the team for drugs or for whatever it might be," said Weeden. "They were dismissed and so these are guys that aren't real credible. And the guy who wrote the article (Evans), we had a little run-in at Texas. He's an OU guy. He's always had it out for Oklahoma State, so he comes up to me after we beat Texas and he said, 'when's it going to happen? When's Okie State going to pull it's Okie choke? Like they always do.' I laughed and said, 'Who is this clown?' to our SID guys.''

Weeden also to direct aim at Evans' credibility.

"And long story short the guy has always had it out for Oklahoma State. He's got a track record. You can go look it up. I'm not going to say his name. You can go look and see what he's done. But he's had it out for us, so it's comical. The truth will come out. I'm surprised. Here's what I'm surprised about is that a credible institution like Sports Illustrated would do 10 months of investigation and they have no credible facts to go along with the story. ''
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