|Melvin Capers, who testified recently in the internet gambling trial of former FSU QB Adrian MacPherson, has hit out at MacPherson’s attorney Grady Irwin, accusing him of painting Capers as ‘the bad guy’ who was jealous of the star footballer’s success.|
'From the trial, a lot of people who don't know everything that happened, they are probably looking at me like I'm a jealous friend,' Capers said. 'Like I was trying to get him in trouble. That's not how it went. Adrian got me in this, and I had to do what I had to do to get out of it. He turned his back on me.”
'(On the gambling) he called me. He said, 'Hey, man, I found out about this gambling thing on the Internet and it's legit. Can't get in trouble for it. I just need your name to get the accounting stuff.”
'To me it seemed like an easy way to make money. I didn't know it was illegal.'
McPherson's attorney, Irvin, has denied that McPherson ever bet on a game.
Capers said McPherson never asked to set up an account with SBG Global for his FSU team mates. He was not aware of any other FSU players gambling. A student at Tallahassee Community College whose friendship with McPherson goes back to Bradenton Southeast High, Capers reiterated that, while McPherson gambled on FSU football games, he did not bet against the Seminoles.
FSU won the first three games McPherson started, but the Seminoles lost to underdog N.C. State, 17-7, after which gambling rumours picked up in circulation. Despite their strained relationship, Capers still doesn't believe McPherson would have ever fixed the outcome of a game by playing poorly on purpose.
'He almost got kicked off the team before the (N.C. State game). He was already shaken going into that game. He wasn't (mentally) in the game,' said Capers.