Rogers told the Tribune on Friday that he has always used William Rogers in every contract he has signed when asked about purchasing the Cartersville radio station.
“It is my given name. It is on my birth certificate,” Rogers said in an email.
But earlier this year, when reports began to surface that prior to being elected to the state Senate Rogers worked in the sports gambling industry under the names “Will the Winner” Rogers and Will Rogers, the state senator said he did not go by that name.
“The only name I have used since birth is Chip Rogers,” the majority leader told the Tribune in June.
“First I am not Will the Winner. The name is a ficticious character owned by a company in Alabama,” Rogers said at the time.
He said that others had used that name when “Will Rogers” was included on a list from the NCAA that surfaced from 2005 and warned staff that they “shall not knowingly provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities” to those listed.
Rogers maintains he was merely an actor hired to play a role
During the increasingly heated campaign for the District 21 Senate seat, an anonymous website at dontbetonchip.com has gone up and an anonymous mailer was sent to voters in attempts to tie Rogers to the sports touting industry.
Rogers this week sent a letter to voters denying many of the claims.
He said as state senator his behavior should be of the highest standard.
Rogers faces Brandon Beach for the seat in Tuesday’s election.