Monday July 29th, 2013

deelinerpostBy Zac Ellis

Crimson Tide signee Dee Liner is the latest athlete to discover the perils of social media. Liner, an All-Name Team member who famously switched his pledge from Auburn to Alabama as a recruit, posted an Instagram this weekend showing himself and two other young men holding wads of cash. Liner added a statement under the photo that read: "Me and my n****** we Ballin! #Day1N****** #StruggleOverWit!"

Liner quickly deleted the post, but not before it made the rounds online. While the photo doesn't prove that Liner took money or broke NCAA rules, it naturally sparked chatter about the possibility of improper benefits violations.

The four-star defensive end out of Muscle Shoals, Ala., is hardly the first to post a controversy-spawning image online, as top-ranked receiver and Ole Miss commit Laquon Treadwell became embroiled in a saga after posting a similar image this winter.

As usual, my Campus Union colleague Martin Rickman is thinking about the implications and asking the tough questions: The most disappointing aspect of Liner's Instagram post, though? The glaring lack of any #RollTide reference. The incoming freshman obviously has a lot to learn in Tuscaloosa.

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