A Columbus man canceled radio and TV interviews on Wednesday, the day after an ESPN report said that he helped former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor make thousands of dollars autographing memorabilia.
Dennis Talbott, a freelance photographer and Columbus businessman, canceled the interviews saying that was the advice of his attorney, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
According to the ESPN report, Talbott, 40, paid Pryor $500 to $1,000 each time he signed mini football helmets and other gear.
On Tuesday night, Talbott told 10 Investigates that the allegation was baseless.
"None of this is true," Talbott said. "It's shocking they're even putting this out there."
Neighbors said that until recently, Talbott had a van that was decked out in Ohio State colors that he parked in front of his home. His Ohio vanity plate was "T PRYOR," Aker reported.
10 Investigates ran an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles report and found the vehicle is registered to Talbott.
Talbott once had media credentials as a photographer at Ohio State football games but that suddenly changed last year, Aker reported.
Brian Rolle, whose last game as an Ohio State player was in January's Sugar Bowl, said that the claims of high-dollar memorabilia sales sound false.
"As far as somebody getting money like that in college, I haven't seen it," Rolle said. "Getting money under the table, I feel like that's bogus."
Pryor's attorney, Larry James, claimed that the ESPN report is false. He declined an on-camera interview, saying "We don't respond to ghosts."
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