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Someone is selling Matt Elam’s Army All-American gear

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And now, for some “news that makes you go hmm”: someone is selling Matt Elam’s Army All-American practice game jersey and pants on eBay.  The seller, “thesofasurfer,” says Elam gave him the jersey and pants as a gift, and has them priced at $300.  Here’s the description:

Winner of the the Paul Hornung Award as the State’s # 1 player, Matt Elam just played in the 2014 Army All-American Game and is a phenom to say the least: he’s ranked 7th OVERALL in the Nation (not his position but overall), he’s 6’6, weighs 350 and runs a 4.9 40 (that’s moving folks, for a man his size!).  Matt hasn’t decided where he is going to college in the fall but you can guess many recruiters like UK, Alabama and Notre Dame have been on edge.  I obtained this jersey and pants from Matt as a gift and only his used practice jersey pictured are part of this auction and NOT the 2 jerseys and yellow undershirt above his practice jersey that are pictured in photo # 4.  The other jerseys pictured in photo #4 are not a part of this auction but only meant to compliment the practice jersey.  Matt’s a great person, humble and I know he will make a bigtime impact at the next level; he was probably the biggest guy on either the East or West squad at the Army All American Game.  Shipped via Priority Mail box with signature delivery confirmation for $11.00; express is $55 with insurance.

The seller also lists Elam’s used RGIII Quickframe cleats, a pair of adidas shoes Elam was given and adidas travel bag from the game in separate listings.

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I love Elam, but this does not sound good.

UPDATE: Here’s a picture of the seller, Kenneth Stevens, in Peyton Siva’s jersey, with Peyton Siva’s dad from his Twitter profile. (Thanks, RD)

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Don’t gloat so fast, Louisville fans.  It looks like Kenneth has James Quick’s game used jersey, helmet, and gloves for sale too.  I’m pretty sure he’s still on Louisville’s roster, too…

UPDATE #2: The auction for Elam’s practice jersey and pants has ended:

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88 Comments for Someone is selling Matt Elam’s Army All-American gear



  1. blah blah blah
    1:23 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Probably one of Chane Behanan’s family members did it…



  2. Richard Girth
    1:23 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    This is worthy of its own post? Really?



    • LexCathat
      1:37 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, it actually is.



    • jcatron
      2:08 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Richard…do everyone a favor and go to another site if you dont like this one.



  3. KYBOY
    1:23 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I will say this again we are better off if Mr. Elam takes his talents to BAMA!



  4. Derp
    1:23 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Starting to cool on Matt Elam… Seems like a complete tool to me



  5. Tyler
    1:24 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    It might be time to part ways. Don’t want anything like this hendering UK



  6. Bobbaloo
    1:24 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink


  7. NCAA Enforcement
    1:26 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Interesting.



  8. Jeremy
    1:27 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Looks like he’s done this before
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVuCVt8Jgy4



    • JoeMoney333
      1:32 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Good Find



    • MrJohnsonUK
      1:53 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      The dude recording the video just sounds creepy…



  9. Joey
    1:31 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    This kid is goof ball…. He loves attention however he can get it. Move On Stoops



  10. Chicago Chris
    1:32 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I’m guessing someone was there with some cash as soon as Elam didn’t need the stuff. Judging by the video, the guy has a business acquiring and selling unis.



  11. Boogie
    1:34 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    The idea that a practice jersey for the 7th best high school recruit is worth money in today’s world baffles me.

  12. I know this doesn’t look good, but keep in mind that this is the case for Bama too, not just UK.



  13. Bigcatelswick
    1:37 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    As bad as I don’t want this to happen it may be best for the CATS to look elsewhere for a DT commit in this class. Elam seems to want to keep his name in the spotlight and I’m not sure he has what it takes to be a leader in this class. Top that with now selling jerseys and how long before Elam disqualifies himself from NCAA competition? This football program doesn’t need to take a swing on a guy like this where the damage could outweigh the on field production. That’s my two cents. Time will tell.



  14. BigBlueAces
    1:37 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    To make it worse “thesofasurfer” seems to be a UL fan…..Twitter: @thesofasurfer2



  15. RD
    1:37 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Plenty of info on the seller found by starting with the phone number on the eBay account:
    https://twitter.com/Thesofasurfer2
    http://www.whitepages.com/name/Kenneth-M-Stevens/Elizabethtown-KY/b2qknyc



    • haha
      2:18 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      that’s creepy, man



    • Ken Stevens
      12:23 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

      RD: What kind of person are you and what gives you the righ to post not only my phone number, address and a map of where I live. You are an absolute Loser with a capital “L”. Who does that? Only a Loser like yourself – get a life…FOR REAL



  16. Brian
    1:38 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    It is ugly free shit. If some mouth breathing meathead fanboy is willing to pay good money for a high schooler’s game worn all-star uniform then who cares if Elam makes a few bucks off of it.



    • BigBlueBlitz
      1:41 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Brian, the NCAA cares if Elam makes a few bucks off of it. It would make him ineligible, or at least lead to a suspension and require him to repay the amount received.



    • JGRIF
      1:44 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Is this a troll or a genuine comment?



    • jimmyhat
      1:44 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Ask the NCAA that question. Im sure they would care about somebody other than themselves making money.



    • Brian
      1:46 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Again, who cares. So he is suspended for the first 2 games of his freshman year, big deal. You want to be good at football in the SEC you better take some borderline guys.

      UK Football is in no position to be turning anyone ranked near Elam.



    • BigBlueBlitz
      1:57 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Not a troll comment on this, he can not make money from his football skills or his amateur status is in question. This is because the NCAA likes to run a monopoly on making money off of college athletes, as Brian stated. Brian, I agree that it is silly and a 2-game suspension would be no big deal in the grand scheme of things. I just wanted to point out the issue here for most was not about Elam’s character but if there were amateurism issues in question.



    • Ohio State
      3:09 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Look what happened at Ohio State because 5 players were selling their own memorabilia. Ask Jim Tressel if it was a big deal.



    • Brian
      4:05 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Those were current OSU players, not potential recruits.



  17. Helmet
    1:39 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Same guy has a john Hardin football helmet for sale and drops Elams name in the description. Also has pictures with Elam and the helmet on.



    • Helmet
      1:53 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Look at this on eBay:

      John Hardin High School 2013 Riddell Revolution 360 Game Used Football Helmet KY

      http://bit.ly/1kAgRWN



  18. Twins
    1:41 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Why would you sell that or give it away? That’s something you put in your man cave one day. You earned it guy. All-American problems I guess. Just so strange.



  19. RobsHairgel
    1:43 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    First his Twitter war with another college recruit that’s going to Western and now this, starting to think he’s not worth the trouble. I could be wrong like most cases but why does it seem he is going to be a headache?



  20. Bad Feeling
    1:44 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I know this kid might be a big talent but there are a lot of things about him that rub me the wrong way. Between the attention-baiting tweets, the cancelled commitment because he “didn’t like the set-up,” and now this, I guarantee there will be more cringe moments throughout his college career. Whoever gets him better hope that his antics don’t bring harm to their program.



  21. notmattjones
    1:45 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I certainly won’t be upset if Kentucky doesn’t get him. And I won’t be jumping up and down if we get him after this. Seems like trouble. Hype got to his head.



  22. cristoforouk
    1:46 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Hold up on judging Elam and watch the Youtube video of the seller. Obviously this is a business for thesofasurfer. It’s not a good look for Elam but based on that video I doubt he is involved at all. Looks like the dude goes around looking for uniforms to sell on eBay.



  23. Mike In The Wood
    1:47 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    $300? Thats not even enough for a PS4.



  24. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    1:48 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    With as many injuries as he has suffered would you really want to wear cleats with the RGIII name attached?



  25. Meh
    1:50 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    We’re not used to having the level of football recruits that Stoops & Co. are reeling in. This is just part of the deal in today’s world of big time recruiting. That’s not to say there’s nothing fishy going on but if we’re going to recruit the big boys we better get used to it. There’s no way for us as fans to know the details here. As for me, I trust Stoops and his staff to make the right decisions until they give me a reason not to



  26. Weird
    1:54 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    “TheSofaSurfer” looks like a really weird, kind of creepy dude. The fact that he’s so excited to be in a pic with Peyton Siva’s dad is more than a little strange to me. With the smile on his face you would think he was with Kate Upton and she was giving him the sex eyes.



  27. Goose
    1:55 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Time to eject Maverick! Eject!!



  28. brad
    1:55 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    A poor decison by Elam. You have to start to wonder about him or the people in his life that care about him.



  29. Bubba
    1:56 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I saw this movie at Ohio State. It doesn’t end well for Elam.



    • Movie Reviewer
      1:58 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      I saw a similar movie at Texas A&M. It turned OK at the end. I guess it depends on who you are.



    • TPACAT
      10:49 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Well, he’s no Johnny F’n Football…



  30. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    1:56 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Suuuuure Elam “gave” this dude his jersey and cleats. No, what almost assuredly happened was this kid reached out to Elam and slid him some cash for the items. That’s a no-no. In a world where the NCAA doesn’t govern eligibility, I could careless, but I’m pretty sure this will now raise a red flag to the NCAA.



  31. jj
    1:57 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    You people are ridiculous. Um, elam is allowed to sell his own belongings on ebay. This won’t concern the ncaa one bit. What is the matter with you? “This doesn’t. Look good”? And people saying we should move on are why the ksr comment section is the absolute bottom 1% of this fanbase. I remeber years back when people say we should move on from john wall because he was a diva. Awful.



    • Terrelle Pryor
      2:00 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Selling your own items on E-bay is now allowed? Does the NCAA know that?



    • BigBlueBlitz
      2:05 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Actually, you are wrong and the NCAA does care if he sells these items for profit. Is it likely they could ever prove anything on this? No. Do I agree with the NCAA on this? No. However, if he attaches his name to some football gear and sells it for a profit his amateurism is in question. Probably nothing to worry about in this particular case but it is possible. I have nothing against Matt Elam and can not comment on him personally as I do not know him. I also have no input regarding whether UK should or should not want him on the team.



    • Matt
      2:26 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      The NCAA and Johnny Manziel don’t agree!



    • Al/in/Indy
      2:44 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Need you forget that Manziel was a Heisman winner the year before? Even though they couldn’t find one shred of evidence on him they made him sit…..ONE whole HALF! Plus that’s T.A.M., this is UK. they’ll hunt until your grandkids have grandkids if they think somethings up at UK and a recruit.



  32. WakeUpBBN
    1:59 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    This kid will not make it anywhere. Loser written all over him! Here’s a stat for the BBN, 46% of the 4-5 star athlete never see the field. Either they are not as good against similar size and talent, grades or ego gets them into deep trouble. This kid will keep that percentage rising. Alabama sees what you can’t teach…SIZE only. If he can’t cut it, they would simply send him on his way after 1 season.



  33. Facts
    2:00 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    That’s not James Quick’s jersey, that jersey is from the Big East days (has Big East patch one it). James Quick has only been on the team since the AAC days not there for Big East play. It would be whoever was 17 before James Quick got there.



    • Haha
      2:11 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry Loserville fan but that jersey is from the spring game.



    • Scott
      2:12 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Quick internet search suggests DE Marcus Smith, who changed his number this past season it appears. Louisville lists him as “Graduated” http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/marcus_smith_709603.html



    • Scott
      2:20 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Seller claims that the number is “currently worn by James Quick” but that Big East patch gives it away. not a spring game jersey either, those had no conference insignia at all http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lou/sports/m-footbl/auto_vipplayer/8803980.jpeg

      Looks like we can’t implicate little brother on this, but the real story here is who the hell wants to buy a practice jersey worn by a teenager at an all star game.



    • Turner the Burner
      3:08 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Scott — The spring game was played at Cardinal Stadium wasn’t it? The pic you have was taken somewhere else.



  34. Age Stuff
    2:07 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Man, Matt Elam’s dad looks young, and the glasses make him look goofy!



  35. Musehobo
    2:10 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Too many meatheads on here making stupid statements without thinking logically or applying any rational, non-biased thought to this.

    The first thing you have to think about (since it now seems that there is at least a different person selling this item) is why. I can think of three scenarios. Add more if you can think of any.

    1. Matt actually gave him all this stuff – This seems unlikely. High Schoolers love swag. Especially branded swag that is a result of an accomplishment. This stuff is way too good to be given away, especially to some guy he prolly doesn’t even know. A sick kid? Yeah maybe. Not this kid though.

    2. This kid is selling the stuff for Matt – Still somewhat unlikely, but possible, The kid selling this has a closet full of jerseys. How would he have acquired all that? Begging kids? Reputation for selling stuff? Not sure.

    3. Matt sold him this stuff – Seems most likely. The kid probably offered him some money (since he obviously has some) as a means to make more. This just makes the most sense.

    Let’s face it, if this was a UL recruit (or Behanon for that matter) we would (and have crucified him for this). I don’t know the whole story, but it doesn’t look good. If we are going to not be homers we have to admit it doesn’t look good, even if we reserve judgement.

    For those of you saying you don’t care, I don’t really care about his ability to make money off himself/his stuff either. I think he should be able to, but the rules are in place, and I also think you should avoid stuff like this because it’s against the rules…not cause players getting paid is wrong.

    Is it possible Matt has no knowledge of this going on? Possibly. But I doubt it. IMHO.



    • But...
      2:16 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Given the relatively small amount of money at stake, I doubt the NCAA would make a huge fuss about this. Worst case scenario I would think is that Elam has to pay back any money gained, and sit out a game or two. And even that would be dependent on the NCAA being able to prove that Elam actually made a financial gain on this transaction, which I would imagine would be very difficult to do. It’s not exactly a great story, but I also don’t think it’s that big a deal.



  36. UKfanNKY
    2:31 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Not to sure about this Kid anymore it maybe time to move on Coach Stoops really didn’t impress in the All Star game either. GO CATS!!!



  37. cristoforouk
    2:35 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    If Elam is punished due to thesofasurfer, what about all of the Oregon Ducks that this dude has jerseys of? I know they are from past players, but it would seem like you would need to punish the Oregon program as well. This dude has jerseys from everywhere and sells them on eBay.



    • Turner the Burner
      3:06 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      If he got them after they left the program there isn’t a case. Just look at Johnny Football for how to keep clean.



  38. North Hardin Student
    2:37 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Look, I know BBN, will not like this but, he is not worth the headache. He has been Bama since day one. He is not sharpest tool in the tool box. At no time did I think he was going to UK.



    • PS
      2:39 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Rumor has it Mama Elam has a job and apt waiting in Bama.



  39. UK Danny
    2:38 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t care if ths lands UK on probation. I want Elam at UK.



    • WakeUpBBN
      2:51 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      This has to be the dumbest thing for a UK fan to post. He can’t get anyone on probation because he goes to John Hardin HS. He hasn’t signed anything from any college…yet. It would be like selling it at a garage sell.



    • Sleeping
      3:11 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      ^ So he is a Pro now and can sell stuff. I am confused?



  40. Joe
    2:58 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    He hasn’t signed anything from any college…yet. It would be like selling it at a garage sell.

    Enes Kanter ring a bell with you?



    • WakeUpBBN
      3:11 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, Kanter was paid $33,000 for playing only 9 games of basketball in Europe for two different leagues. He was used as a reserve player. The NCAA ruled that this amount was above and beyond what was considered acceptable dollars for T&L expenses. Totally different situation.



    • NCAA Enforcement
      3:14 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      So he can sell stuff at a garage sale, a UK booster buys something worth a few dollars, but give him hundreds of dollars for the item. Right …..



    • WakeUpBBN
      3:41 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

      He can sell whatever he wants while he is in HS. Until he signs and becomes college property he can have a garage sale every weekend! After he signs and sells property given to him by that college, then he and the college would be in deep trouble. Still wouldn’t want the kid, no effort. Just getting by on his size and hype.



  41. Smitty
    3:11 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Wasn’t this season Quick’s first?



  42. WakeUpBBN
    3:17 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I am the only smart one on this board, everyone self is an idiot.



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    3:19 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone visit my site recently? 39.99 for a lifetime membership.



  44. Derp
    3:30 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I think the real question here is why in the hell would Elam want to sell that stuff anyways?… Especially for only a few hundred bucks? Seems like a high school army AA uniform is something one might want to hold on to for sentimental purposes. Seems like a d-bag move to me.



  45. kramer
    3:47 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    how is it a violation UK has to worry about? he hasn’t committed to anyone yet!!!!



  46. BIG BLUE
    3:53 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    How convenient that it is taken down 30 mins after this post was made.



  47. Tigercat
    3:54 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    How stupid is this kid?



  48. Why
    3:55 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Who in their right mind would want this anyway????????



  49. Bald Guy
    4:01 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    All the best big guy!!! Moving right along…. who is our next target @ DT for next year?



  50. UKBIRD
    5:54 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t know why you guys are worried all you have to say is it was stolen from your Grandma’s house and your fine.



  51. UKBIRD
    5:56 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Never know Elam could have sold it and donated the money to a good cause. Just throwing it out there. Should wait and find out the facts before trashing the kid. And I said Kid, give him a break.



  52. Chane Behanan
    6:18 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    I bet the same guy who stole my championship ring from grannys house and tried to sell it did this too. I told you it was true. By the way anyone know where can I get a dime bag?



  53. Sean Lee
    11:58 am January 15, 2014 Permalink

    Where did this seller get all these jerseys? He has EVERYTHING! He doesn’t need Elam’s jersey