Per Los Angeles Times reporter Nathan Fenno’s recent interview with the man everyone wanted to hear testify at the Todd McNair vs NCAA trial, get a load of these tidbits from the infamous Lloyd Lake, the convicted felon who basically put USC on probation with the help of Reggie Bush. Both McNair’s legal team and USC refused to comment.
Lake — “I still wanted to see Todd McNair win because they (NCAA) might’ve been a little too severe on him. But I’m glad I stayed out of [the trial]. If I would’ve been in there, he wouldn’t have won his case because I know what happened and he knows what happened.”
Lake unbelievably claims he never received any notice from his own attorney that the NCAA wanted to depose him in April, prior to trial, until after the trial was already over.
“I think he was the scapegoat. I think everybody up there had knowledge of what was going on at USC, the program as a whole, not just Reggie. … It was rampant right there.” Lake said he provided about $5,000 in cash and a computer to two other USC football players during the same time period, though he declined to name them.
In March 2005, Lake claims to have exchanged phone numbers with McNair during Marshall Faulk’s birthday party in San Diego before Bush’s Heisman Trophy-winning season. Lake and McNair had at least one phone conversation.
“I was basically trying to talk to Todd about getting the (Reggie Bush) situation alleviated. ‘Let’s settle this (Reggie had only offered Lake $30,000 to settle Lake’s demand of approx $300,000). Can you please get it fixed?’ He said he would and that’s why he called Reggie later that day to talk about it. Yeah, he said, ‘Don’t worry about it. We’ll get it taken care of’ and I guess Reggie wasn’t budging. … It was just a courtesy call. ‘Please try to talk some sense into him.’”
Bush continues to look bad: “I was trying to settle,” said Lake, who claims to have met Bush when he was a soph at Helix HS. “I didn’t want the NCAA to hit [USC]. I didn’t want Reggie to lose his Heisman Trophy. I didn’t want any of this. It was just a business deal that he could have easily settled because it was a small amount of money and he ended up paying millions of dollars fighting it and ended up settling anyway. It never made any sense to me.”