By Jeremy Cluff | Arizona Republic
Former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson discussed the allegations against the Arizona State football program on his show, ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin, on Thursday and he talked about who he thinks is among the whistleblowers who prompted the investigation.
After talking about how he is familiar with the ASU program and giving some of the history of the program under coach Herm Edwards and Athletic Director Ray Anderson, Johnson said:
“You’ve got a lot of disgruntled people that were part of coach Graham’s universe,” Johnson said on the show, referencing Todd Graham, the coach at ASU before Edwards. “So, you’ve got these internal issues going on. Now, all of a sudden, AP (Antonio Pierce) gets kicked up as defensive coordinator, gets more power to help turn Arizona State’s program around.”
Johnson continued: “Kevin Mawae, an ex-teammate of mine, didn’t get the offensive line coaching job. Then goes to the Indianapolis Colts, he gets fired. Herm doesn’t hire him, and he played for Herm. So, he becomes this whistleblower type that is kind of like, saying, ‘You know, oh, well, they’re doing this, they’re doing that.’ It’s not improper benefits. The thing that they may have violated is the rules of the NCAA bringing guys or communicating with players and families during COVID. So, it’s a little bit different than what the stories have been probably trying to make it sound like.”
He continued: “You’ve got disgruntled employees because Herm Edwards and Ray Anderson are empowering people that look like them and some people are getting mad at them, let’s be honest and real. 100%. Not a joke.”
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