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Coach Prime, Travis Hunter respond to Saban’s allegation

Nick Saban (L) and Deion Sanders (R) have teamed up in multiple Aflac commercials in the past (Photo courtesy of Aflac Incorporated)

It has become apparent that Alabama’s Nick Saban thinks everybody outside of Alabama is cheating.

Saban told a large group of Birmingham businessmen on Wednesday that the Crimson Tide “did not buy a single player” during the last recruiting cycle while schools like Jackson State and Texas A&M did.

“We have a rule right now that said you cannot use name, image, and likeness to entice a player to come to your school,” a now-reprimanded Saban said, according to the Associated Press. “Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars last year that was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the paper and they bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it.”

Saban was referring to Travis Hunter, the No. 1 overall player in the 2022 class, who committed to the Tigers on December 15. Immediately following Hunter’s commitment, speculation arose that Sanders used Barstool Sports to help pay the five-star cornerback $1 million.

It did not take long for both Sanders and Hunter to respond to Saban’s scathing allegation.

“You best believe I will address that LIE Coach SABAN told tomorrow. I was & awakened by my son @ShedeurSanders that sent me the article stating that WE PAYED (sic) @TravisHunterJr a Million to play at @GoJSUTigersFB ! We as a PEOPLE don’t have to pay our PEOPLE to play with our PEOPLE,” Sanders wrote in a Wednesday night Tweet.

Then on Thursday morning, Hunter pitched in his thoughts on the matter.

“I got a mil? But my mom still stay in a 3 bed room house with five kids,” he wrote, also on Twitter.

Sanders then quote-tweeted Hunter, saying “I don’t even make a million! Lolololol.”

While nobody knows how all of this will play out, one thing we do know is that the next Aflac commercial is going to be pretty awkward.

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