Who Is Stephen Saine?

Published 06/15 2014 09:56PM

Updated 06/15 2014 09:59PM

So exactly who is Stephen Saine? Besides being the uncle of former Memphis Tigers player Pierre Henderson-Niles, Saine is also the man who is accusing John Calipari of agreeing to a pay-for-play arrangement to get Henderson-Niles to the University of Memphis.


His story is complex. He went being behind bars to being behind the pulpit. Pastor Saine is what his congregation at Higher Heights Christian Church in North Memphis calls him.

But back in the 90's he was better known as Pink Chevy, because of the car he drove to make his drug deals.


He says his life changed when he became the guardian of Henderson-Niles, stepping in for his sister, Rubystine Niles, who's personal issues limited her involvement in her son's life.


Saine says he was serious about the new role when he had gotten word Calipari was on the take. He says he went through a third party to make the arrangement. According to the email he sent to the NCAA reporting the alleged violation, Calipari's assistant at the time and current UMass coach Derek Kellogg was the middle man.  But Saine prefers not to discuss who was delivering the money or for how much, although he says he's shared that information with the NCAA during a 45 minute interview session.


Henderson-Niles last played in Memphis in 2010 when he abruptly left the team citing personal reasons. So why has Saine decided to share his story now? "Basically I want to get the truth out there. I want to free myself of some things."


He also wants to make sure what he says he wants to make sure stuff like pay-for-play arrangements are no longer part of college basketball.


Saine says he has written an autobiography detailing his rise from a life of crime to religious leader. He is currently shopping publishers for his work. He says his dealings with the University of Memphis is just a small part of his life story. "It's about where I come from where I am now and where God is trying to take me."

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