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Mississippi State cuts ties with questionable sponsor

November 22, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State University and the company that owns its sports broadcast rights have ended a sponsorship by a trucking company led by a man pardoned of cyberstalking.

Gulf Relay of Clinton sponsored the university’s military appreciation ceremonies before last week’s game against Arkansas.

The Clarion Ledger reports company President Douglas Hindman was honored during pregame ceremonies.

Learfield says it didn’t know that Hindman was arrested for soliciting sex from a minor in 2006 in an online sting. Hindman later pleaded guilty to a felony cyberstalking charge. Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned Hindman in 2012.

The company, which pays the university for its multimedia rights, sold the sponsorship to Gulf Relay.

Learfield says it mutually agreed with Gulf Relay to end the sponsorship and says it will work to improve sponsor vetting.

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Information from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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