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Web site claims it will pay Cam Newton $1 million to pass a polygraph

Cam Newton

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton throws for NFL football scouts during Auburn Pro Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Auburn, Ala.(AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)


Cam Newton says he didn’t know his dad asked for $180,000 from colleges that were recruiting him. If he’ll say that while strapped to a polygraph -- and if the polygraph says he’s telling the truth -- there’s a web site offering Newton a lot more money than his dad was asking for. has an offer out to Newton: Take a lie detector test, answer four questions about the process that led you to Auburn, and if you deny wrongdoing and the test shows that your denials are truthful, we’ll give you $1 million.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the details, and these are the four questions that Newton needs to answer “no” to:

1. Prior to signing with Auburn, were you aware your father was “shopping” you to Mississippi State or any other school?

2. Did you tell Dan or Meghan Mullen that you signed with Auburn because of the money because you truly believed Auburn had paid for your commitment?

3. Did anyone on the Auburn coaching staff/athletic department instruct you how to answer questions from the NCAA by lying or avoiding the truth?

4. Did you or your family ever receive any impermissible benefits from Auburn?

Although the people running the site insist that “Our offer is real,” it would be stupid for Newton to even consider it unless the site puts the $1 million in an escrow account and agrees to let an independent polygraph administrator conduct the test.

But if the site will stipulate to that, Newton ought to do it. It would be a good opportunity for him to clear his name, and to put $1 million in his pocket even before he signs his rookie contract. If he’s telling the truth.