A jury awarded University of Alabama football booster Ray Keller a $5 million judgment today against the NCAA. Keller claims he was caught up in the NCAA's attempts to "set a trap" for Alabama and another booster, the late Memphian Logan Young.
From the AP:
"The state court jury awarded Ray Keller $3 million in punitive damages, $1 million for mental anguish, $500,000 for economic loss and $500,000 for damage to reputation.
"Keller, a timber dealer and fan whom the university severed ties with because of the probe, argued that the NCAA slandered and libeled him during the announcement of penalties by referring to him and others as 'rogue boosters,' 'parasites' and 'pariahs.'"
According to Keller's attorney, the NCAA "acted in a 'blind rage' to target the late Logan Young of Memphis, a former Alabama booster convicted of paying a high school coach $150,000 to steer a recruit to Alabama."
Before serving his six-month sentence, Young died after an accident in his home in 2006.
Read the AP story here.
For more on the Young case, go here.