Cash and sham jobs doled out to football players from wealthy Oklahoma State boosters. Academic improprieties. Players using and selling drugs. A corrupt football program where university hostesses regularly had sex with recruits.
Those are the primary allegations from an explosive Sports Illustrated investigative series that was released this week.
For Ravens tight end Billy Bajema, the reports, which are filled with several on-the-record interviews from former Oklahoma State players, simply don't ring true.
An Oklahoma City native who was an All-Big 12 selection at Oklahoma State, starting 37 games for the Cowboys from 2001 to 2004, Bajema is skeptical.
"It's tough to read that story because it's not a reflection of the football program I participated in for four years at Oklahoma State," Bajema told The Baltimore Sun. "And a lot of the comments, the article on the money, I never witnessed personally a single thing that was talked about in that article. So, it's kind of hard to imagine if there was a culture as corrupt as what's portrayed in that article that I wouldn't have even caught a glimpse of it in four years.
"I think the whole team would have known. A lot of guys would have known. I talked to some of my former teammates and asked, 'Did you ever see any of that stuff when you were there?' Everybody I talked to said, 'No, we never saw any of that.' A lot of the guys they're talking to are guys that are upset with the program and it seems like they were just fishing for some dirt."
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