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Price calls SI report an 'absolute lie'
ESPN ^ | May 7, 2003 | ESPN

Posted on 05/07/2003 2:30:24 PM PDT by Mister Magoo

Wednesday, May 7

Price calls SI report an 'absolute lie'

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ESPN.com news services

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former Alabama football coach Mike Price said he was "too drunk to really know" what happened at a topless bar in Florida on the night that ultimately led to his firing, The Birmingham News reported Wednesday.

But Price told the News that he did not have sex in his Pensacola, Fla., hotel room that night, and he denied allegations that he bought alcoholic drinks for students in Tuscaloosa bars on other occasions.

Price's attorney, Stephen Heninger, also said Price had never been warned by athletic director Mal Moore about his behavior at Tuscaloosa bars. Moore said Monday he met with Price one-on-one about his conduct once and with the whole coaching staff on another occasion.

Heninger did not immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press. His secretary said he was in court until Friday.

Price was fired as coach Saturday for what university president Robert Witt said was inappropriate behavior in connection with Price's visit to a topless bar in Pensacola on April 16 and a woman's $1,000 room service order billed to his hotel room the next morning.

The News said that Price, with his attorney at his side, vehemently denied a Sports Illustrated article set for release Wednesday that said he had sex with two women in his Pensacola hotel room on the night in question and that he bought drinks and propositioned college students in Tuscaloosa.

Price called the story "an absolute lie."

"We stand by the reporting and the story," SI spokesman Rick McCabe told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Price told the News that after passing out early that morning, he awoke fully clothed with a woman in his hotel room and did not remember having any women in his room the night before.

The newspaper said Jennifer Eaton, who claims to have been in the hotel room that night, supported Price's assertion that there was no sex. Eaton was described as a 30-year-old native of Hartselle, Ala., who used to work at Arety's Angels, the Pensacola topless bar that Price visited April 16.

Eaton said she was one of three women in Price's hotel room that night, but only dancing and "carrying on" took place.

"Please tell Coach Price that I'm so sorry if I was in any way involved in getting him in trouble," she sobbed in a phone interview, the News said.

Eaton said she was visiting the topless bar on the night of April 16 when Price came in. She said she is a huge Crimson Tide fan and was thrilled to meet him.

"He was so compassionate," she said. "He made me feel good. He was a celebrity to me."

Eaton said she accepted an offer to return with him to his hotel to party after leaving the club about midnight.

"He was very respectful," she said. "He was joking around. I think he was just a man wanting some company. I think pretty girls make him feel good. He made me feel good. Is that wrong?"

Eaton said two more women whom she did not know joined the party later.

She said Price told the three women to order breakfast from room service. After he left for his pro-am golf tournament, Eaton said, one of the other women placed a $1,000 order. Worried about the expensive order, Eaton said she left.

Heninger said Price told him "he had so much to drink that he can't really say what happened that night."

According to the SI report, Price went to the club Arety's Angels both before and after the sponsor's dinner for the Emerald Coast Classic Pro-Am, a stop on the PGA Champions tour. Price was entered in the celebrity pro-am.

Witnesses told SI that Price was extremely agressive with the women who worked at the club during both visits.

"I offered him a table dance," Lori (Destiny) Boudreaux, a married mother of two who has worked in strip clubs for 15 years, told SI. "He tipped me $60. Then he asked me to take him to the semi-private dance area. He got a little bad there. We have rules, and touching is not allowed.

"He told me I was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen," Boudreaux continued. "He kept telling me he had a room at the [Crowne Plaza] Hotel, and he wanted me to meet him there late that night. He was definitely persistent. I told him my husband was coming to pick me up after work, which he did, by the way."

Price attended the sponsor's dinner, and then rushed back to the club, witnesses told SI. Price was apparently not shy about interacting with the employees or spending money. During that second visit, according to two witnesses, Price was sitting at the bar kissing and fondling a waitress until a deejay reminded him he had to stop.

"All told he probably spent a couple hundred dollars on drinks and a little more than that on dances," club owner Arety Kapetanis told SI. "Then there were the tips, and I'm told he tipped well. We're used to local celebrities coming around, but not someone quite like him."

According to SI, Price left the club at midnight and went back to his hotel. According to one of the women involved, Price engaged "in some pretty aggressive sex" with two women in the hotel. The source told SI that at one point she and her female companion "started screaming 'Roll Tide!' and he was yelling back, 'It's rolling, baby, it's rolling.' "

The woman declined to tell SI, when asked, if she was paid for the evening.

While Price was on the golf course the following morning, tournament director Phil Garcia told him there was a problem back at the hotel, according to SI. Sources told the magazine that Garcia told Price that a woman in his room had ordered nearly $1,000 worth of food from room service -- "At least one of everything on the menu, all in to-go boxes," one hotel employee told SI. The woman was not allowed to leave, so Price returned to the hotel to settle the tab.

At Saturday's news conference, Alabama president Robert Witt said that Price was warned before that trip about his public behavior.

An Alabama student detailed an incident to SI that led to one of the warnings.

"I heard him tell several girls who he was buying drinks for that his wife was still back in Washington and he wanted them to come to his room at the GameDay Condos," the student told SI. "One of the girls lives at GameDay, and when we went by there at 2:30 a.m., he was stumbling around and told us he had forgotten the entry code (he needed) to get up in the elevator. One girl offered to help, and he tried to talk her into coming to his condo. Everyone was kind of shocked."

Price led Washington State to consecutive 10-win seasons and a Rose Bowl berth last season. He was to have been Alabama's sixth head coach since Bear Bryant retired after the 1982 season.

Price agreed to a seven-year contract worth $10 million with Alabama but never signed it. The deal had a clause saying he could be fired for any behavior "that brings (the) employee into public disrepute, contempt, scandal, or ridicule or that reflects unfavorably upon the reputation or the high moral or ethical standards of the University."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alabama; crimsontide; sportsillustrated; stripper; topless
The News said that Price, with his attorney at his side, vehemently denied a Sports Illustrated article set for release Wednesday that said he had sex with two women...
1 posted on 05/07/2003 2:30:24 PM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: Mister Magoo
The source told SI that at one point she and her female companion "started screaming 'Roll Tide!' and he was yelling back, 'It's rolling, baby, it's rolling.' "

For the rest of my life I will chuckle when I hear "Roll Tide!".

2 posted on 05/07/2003 2:35:26 PM PDT by Lost Highway
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To: Mister Magoo
I think Price should keep his mouth shut. The more he talks the more trouble he gets into. Being to drunk to remember if you had sex is not an admirable quality.
3 posted on 05/07/2003 2:42:18 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Mister Magoo
Lori (Destiny) Boudreaux

PHOTO ANYONE?

4 posted on 05/07/2003 2:51:03 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder ...)
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To: Uncle Hal
Not to mention that if you're too drunk to remember...how would you know if it was any good?
5 posted on 05/07/2003 2:52:03 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Mister Magoo
Mike Price said he was "too drunk to really know" what happened at a topless bar in Florida . . .

So, let's see. He is too drunk to know what happened, however it is a big fat lie that he had sex? How do you know coach? If you were so drunk not to know, how do you know it is a lie. So drunk you could not remember.

I am a Bama native and Bama football fan. I am glad this drunk is gone. Bama has enough problems without dealing with this guy. He said he wanted a second chance. What ever happened to a second chance in life he said. HOWEVER, he does not tell you that he was CALLED IN TWICE and spoken to about his behavior and right before he left on this trip was called in a warned about his behavior. But, as a drunk, he did not listen and or could not remember his actions. I am glad he is gone.

6 posted on 05/07/2003 2:56:50 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way! Toby Keith)
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To: JOE6PAK

Destiny.

7 posted on 05/07/2003 2:57:38 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: JOE6PAK

This is "Destiny".

You would have to be drunk -- if he wasn't he should really be ashamed.

8 posted on 05/07/2003 2:58:16 PM PDT by TexRef
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To: TexRef
We're talking a 7-8 on the Skank Scale...
9 posted on 05/07/2003 2:59:15 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: TexRef
You would have to be drunk -- if he wasn't he should really be ashamed.

This proves the adage. "Beer was invented so ugly people could have sex too."

10 posted on 05/07/2003 3:00:33 PM PDT by Snardius
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To: Poohbah
We're talking a 7-8 on the Skank Scale...

We're talking a long string of one-armed men. If she has a husband, it's because he has no teeth with which to chew off his arms.

11 posted on 05/07/2003 3:00:52 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb
You gotta be kidding me.
12 posted on 05/07/2003 3:18:52 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("I don't believe in the status quo. It kinda leaves me weak" - Nugent)
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To: r9etb
Woof. If you're gonna lose your job due to a night of cavorting around with a 'stripper', PLEASE find a 19 YO hottie, and not THAT... talk about adding insult to injury.
13 posted on 05/07/2003 3:21:18 PM PDT by zoyd
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To: zoyd
Friends don't let friends beer-goggle.
14 posted on 05/07/2003 3:23:57 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Poohbah
Evidently, Price has no friends.
15 posted on 05/07/2003 3:25:10 PM PDT by zoyd
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To: Mister Magoo
Roll Tide!
16 posted on 05/07/2003 3:28:02 PM PDT by blam
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To: TexRef
That's Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, right?
17 posted on 05/07/2003 3:30:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mister Magoo
"I did not have sex with that woman..."
18 posted on 05/07/2003 3:31:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Poohbah
Friends don't let friends beer-goggle.

Beer goggles, hell -- we're talking Beer Hubble Telescope, here.

19 posted on 05/07/2003 3:34:57 PM PDT by steve-b
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To: TexRef
..hold muh beer.
20 posted on 05/07/2003 3:37:40 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder ...)
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To: dfwgator
hahahahaha,thats good!!.but i think Dee Snyder would take offense to that.
21 posted on 05/07/2003 3:37:43 PM PDT by buckman10_2000
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To: dfwgator
That's Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, right?

I just snorted Mountain Dew through my nose and onto my monitor :o)

22 posted on 05/07/2003 3:37:49 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Poohbah
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder!
23 posted on 05/07/2003 3:41:34 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder ...)
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To: r9etb; TexRef
Ouch! Guys, don't you know to NEVER display a stripper outside of a strip club, such as in the light of day?!

There's a reason it's always dark inside those places...

24 posted on 05/07/2003 3:42:07 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Mister Magoo
Heard a good one today on the radio. Don't remember exactly how it went, but here's a pretty good paraphrase.

Cover charge for topless bar - $10
Room service for drunk coach and company - $1000
Alabama football program - Priceless!
25 posted on 05/07/2003 3:45:19 PM PDT by 6ppc
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To: r9etb
OOOhhhhhhhh Yeah She's really beautiful. GAG & BARF

On a side note: Why is it old men lose their taste in women. Granted young women look better than older women, but, I've, I have heard other old men call some real dogs beautiful!

The old farts haven't got a chance in he!! with most young women, of course they never realize it, so why not call it like it is?????

.... DOGS ARE DOGS AND BEAUTIFUL WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN!

26 posted on 05/07/2003 3:47:37 PM PDT by GrandMoM ("Vengeance is Mine , I will repay," says the Lord.)
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To: Mister Magoo
Here's some better pictures:

Mr. Gesser meet Kai Ellis aka, the Creature

Washington 29 WSU 26!

27 posted on 05/07/2003 3:59:45 PM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: ThreeYearLurker
YEAH, BABY!!!

Price COUGED IT again!!!
28 posted on 05/07/2003 4:28:42 PM PDT by HumbleButExceedinglyAccurate
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To: Mister Magoo
A drunken philanderer as a head coach. I feel sorry for the Bammer fans, they didn't ask for this horror. WTF are they going to do about this season?

It's good to be a Florida State fan. We had some problems last year, but this is just awful.

29 posted on 05/07/2003 4:46:15 PM PDT by Jonathon Spectre (who bleeds garnet and gold)
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To: dfwgator
That's Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, right?

Good one!!!

That is one of the drawbacks with beer. You go to bed at 2 with a 10 and you wake up at 10 with a 2.

30 posted on 05/07/2003 6:20:57 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (Never draw to an inside straight)
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