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Gurley's accuser gives his side to SI.com, ESPN

Bryan Allen, the memorabilia dealer who turned in Todd Gurley to the UGA compliance department, gave his account of the affair for the first time.

In stories published simultaneously by SI.com and ESPN.com., Allen presents himself as someone who was sucked into the affair by another memorabilia dealer, Shane Smith.

“I do take responsibility,” Allen said, according to SI.com. “But my intentions were never to try to get rich. I think people think I’m this autograph broker that was dangling this carrot in front of these young college kids. That couldn’t be further from it. I’m not an autograph broker.”

It was Smith, a memorabilia dealer in Cedartown, who spearheaded the Gurley signing session earlier this year, according to Allen. And Allen says he never met Gurley other than that day, when he signed in Smith's car for about 10-20 minutes.

According to Allen's version of events, per the ESPN story, Smith told UGA officials that he paid Gurley "thousands of dollars since Gurley's freshman year to autograph memorabilia."

A lawyer for Smith, Brad McFall, told SI.com that they saw "no benefit in commenting as to the accuracy or the inaccuracy of Mr. Allen's comments."

The NCAA suspended Gurley four games after ruling that he accepted "more than $3,000" from multiple autograph dealers over multiple years.

Allen did acknowledge reaching out to media members about Gurley, which he said was because he feared the story was about to come out and that he was being set up.

Allen denied writing a portion of an e-mail to Deadspin, sent from Allen's own account, which said: "Again, not trying to get rich. I spent a few grand on the signing and Gurley has since kind of screwed me by doing this with about 30 other guys. The stuff has lost a ton of its value. Just wanna recoup some of my money."

Allen also said he notified UGA's compliance department on Oct. 2, and heard back a day later. That's slightly earlier than previously known. Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said the school was notified on Oct. 7.

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