|“What year was it Bush was elected? Whatever, it will be akin to that in terms of media coverage.” That was Florida State University president TK Wetherell on the trial of former star FSU quarterback Adrian McPherson, alleged to have accumulated $8,000 of debts gambling on the Internet. The trial is to be broadcast live on Court TV, and the possibility of former coach Bobby Bowden and other high-ranking figures in the FSU sports establishment will draw even more attention.|
Leon County Prosecutor Georgia Cappleman claims she will prove allegations of betting on his own games with physical evidence including Western Union records and cached pages from his seized computer – all of which will back up testimony from two childhood friends of McPherson’s, Otis Livingston and Melvin Capers, Jr. 'It just went higher and higher and higher,' said Livingston of McPherson’s alleged wagers. 'It was a lot. It's hard to pick out certain ones it was so many.'
McPherson's lawyer Grady Irvin Jr described witnesses as being “fraught with jealousy run amok” and accused law enforcement officials of “looking for their five minutes of fame.” “A rumor started, and that rumor ran wild. It took on a life of its own. Rumors, rumors, rumors.'
'I don't think Florida State is on trial,' Wetherell said Tuesday afternoon. 'I mean, yes, we are tied to the case. But the case deals with a student, who just happened to be an athlete, who was gambling. Now he just happened to be the starting quarterback at Florida State. It's amazing to me that you're going to have Court TV at a [second]-degree misdemeanour trial, but that's why they're here. That ought to tell you something about athletics and what role they play in society in general.' (Not to mention that a university president was unsure of the date of a Presidential election where his home state received worldwide media attention...)