“We don’t dance to their tune.”

Just when you thought the Ole Miss shitstorm couldn’t possibly get more popcorn-worthy…

A business in Oxford, Miss., has filed a civil complaint alleging defamation that could reverberate through the University of Mississippi’s ongoing NCAA case. Rebel Rags LLC, an Oxford-based clothing company, filed the complaint Friday in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

The suit alleges defamation in the NCAA testimony of two Mississippi State football players, Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones, and also Lindsey Miller, the estranged stepfather of former Rebel star Laremy Tunsil. In Ole Miss’s response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations last week, it attempts to deny the allegations that two recruits and the family member of a recruit—Lewis, Jones and Miller—received a total of $2,800 in gear from Rebel Rags.

Sports Illustrated spoke Sunday evening with Rebel Rags’s attorney, Charles Merkel, who explained that the store “has caught the broadside of lies.” The suit has yet to become public because it was filed on Friday afternoon and has yet to register in the court’s computer system.

There’s no way that case winds through the court system as quickly as the NCAA decides what to do with the school.  That can only mean one thing:  when does Ole Miss ask the NCAA to put its investigation on hold until Rebel Rags can get a little justice?



Filed under Freeze!, See You In Court, The NCAA

5 responses to ““We don’t dance to their tune.”

  1. AusDawg85

    I wonder if Rebel Rags purchased any licenses from UM for their gear? If so, they just bit the hand that feeds them, no? Or are you suggesting this is an intentional plot by UM to get a delay in the NCAA proceedings?


  2. The Dawg abides

    But couldn’t this open up a whole new set of problems for UM because of the power to subpoena?


  3. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I think it is hard to know exactly what the strategy is, because a state court where this is filed can move things along much quicker than most federal courts. But maybe they want to stall the NCAA as suggested. Mostly I just think it is a deflection from the main issues. And in the long run, what sort of damages would you be able to show? Publicity alone is worth a lot especially to the Ole Miss fans that might buy your product.


  4. 69Dawg

    Confusing that they are not suing the NCAA. I know that the NCAA always refers to people by number in their public notices so maybe that’s it. As to his BS about death threats, it’s hard to figure out why the Ole Miss people would be pissed at their own booster. Now the MSU fans will be for burning the place down and salting the earth. If it goes to depositions Ole Miss will have as much to lose as the players. Let’s get those coaches on the stand under oath and see if they commit perjury for Old Piss.


  5. Madonna

    There really is no such thing as bad publicity.