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Oklahoma State football: Family of Kay Norris not buying statements from Seymore Shaw in Sports Illustrated article

by Jenni Carlson Published: September 10, 2013

“It's just heartbreaking that somebody would stoop that low and drag her name in it.”

Richmond often saw Norris in the academic center tutoring Shaw, a Shawnee High standout who arrived at OSU in 2001 facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges for striking his girlfriend.

Three years later, Shaw was on track to graduate and was being touted as an example of why troubled recruit Prentiss Elliott deserved a chance at OSU.

Quoted in an Oklahoman story about Shaw: Norris.

“I have watched him mature and become a responsible person,” she said. “He's grown up. I'm extremely proud of him and what he has accomplished.

“He knows his future is in his hands and he's going to make something of it.”

A year later, Shaw had an emergency protective order filed against him, was kicked off the team and transferred to Central Oklahoma.

Now, eight years later, Shaw and Norris are linked again. Her son, though, doubts the allegations the former player leveled against his mom.

“She had a soft spot in her heart for Seymore, no question,” said Chris Norris, who owns the OSU merchandise store, Chris' University Spirit. “But a $700 thing to go clean baseboards?

“Mom and Dad just aren't that generous with money.”

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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