Mike McNeil, the central figure in Selena Roberts's much-bruited story about the University of Auburn football program, has pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. He will serve at least three years in prison, nothing like the 21-years-to-life sentence he'd faced on the original charges. That brings to a close the most—maybe the only—important part of Roberts's story, which is looking more and more like a giant nothinburger with every passing day.
As mentioned last week, the big problem with Roberts's story is that it wants to be two stories at once. On the one hand, it wants to be a story about an embattled and possibly falsely accused college football player struggling against a hostile criminal justice system. On the other hand, it wants to be a salacious, scandal-driven story about academic fraud and pay-for-play schemes. It succeeds at being neither, and what it has created in its wake is a shitstorm of denials and general confusion—all in regards to the scandal-mongering portions of Roberts's story.