Rebel Rags, a clothing store in Oxford, Miss., which specializes in Ole Miss merchandise, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones, as well Lindsey Miller, the stepfather of former Ole Miss and current Miami Dolphins lineman Laremy Tunsil.
Charlie Merkel, one of the attorney representing the store, told the Jackson (Miss) Clarion-Ledger that the suit is suing all three parties for “defamation, slander, conspiracy and commercial disparagement stemming from the false statements made to the NCAA and have been published in the (university’s response to the) notice of allegations.”
The attorney ‘s comments are based on allegations that former defensive line coach Chris Kiffin and former assistant AD Barney Farrar arranged for $2,800 in impermissible recruiting inducements of free merchandise from the store to Lewis, Jones, and Miller.
Lewis and Jones, both recruits at the time of the allegations, said they received hundreds of dollars’ worth of free merchandise, but Ole Miss argued Rebel Rags’ purchase records disproved those claims.
Matt Wilson, who represents Lindsey Miller, provided a statement to the Clarion- Ledger saying “We plan to mount a vigorous defense. “It’ll be in the court filings, not in the media.”