TMZ- A rep for the SEC tells TMZ Sports the short answer is NO -- but they do admit the pic WAS modified using a filter.
"We didn't photoshop the picture that we posted on social media sites at all," a spokesperson tells us.
"The filter we used is the only explanation for Derrick Henry's tattoos not being visible in the picture. We used that particular filter because it's the same one we have used all year for our player of the week posts."
Nailed it SEC, nailed it. How long do you think the emergency meeting lasted before they churned out this dogshit excuse? "What do kids these days use to change pictures? Filters? Alright, I don't even know what those are, but filters it is". Crisis averted SEC, crisis averted. Can't believe there would be anyone that will question that completely illogical reasoning. After all, you guys didn't intentionally change the picture to make Derrick Henry look tattoo-less, you just accidentally clicked on the filter that unintentionally makes tattoos invisible Simple mistake. Could happen to anyone.
The ink is obviously still there. It's just that the black skin, crimson jersey, and the shiny glare makes it look completely indecipherable to the naked eye. And we all thought that a bunch of stuffy white dudes working for the NCAA were trying to manufacture an athlete's image. Shame on us. The guys that do their damnedest to make sure these kids don't get so much as a free meal as reimbursement for their time and effort would never compromise a player's rights. Maybe if everyone, myself included, used our brains for half second we would realize that the picture in question didn't say #nofilter. That pretty much automatically means it had a filter. Plus, what's more likely, that a bunch of out-of-touch stiffs took the time to make Derrick Henry look more clean-cut, or that changing the brightness of a picture made it's content completely disappear?
In other news, the SEC wants to let you know that the warm, smelly liquid shooting from their groin area and running down your leg is totally not piss.