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  • Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson leaves agent

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson fired agent Patrick Lawlor on Monday night, two months before Peterson is expected to begin negotiating an extension with the Cardinals that could see him earn more than $50 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

    Peterson, who the Cardinals drafted with the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL draft, is widely regarded as one of the top defensive players in the league and is on pace to make his third consecutive Pro Bowl. He has three interceptions, 10 passes defended, 202 return yards with four touchdowns and 64 yards receiving on the season.

    Lawlor took aim at the NFL Players Association on Tuesday night for what he believes is fostering an environment where Lawlor says agents consistently go outside the union's rules to convince a player to switch representation. He said he's likely to file a complaint with the union regarding rules he believes were broken in regards to Peterson.

    The NFLPA declined comment.

    Lawlor, who has represented Peterson since he left LSU and declared for the draft, spoke to the personal impact he felt in losing a client he was so close to.

  • DeSean Jackson, Terrell Owens question NFLPA’s arbitration procedures

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens have raised questions about the fairness of the NFL Players Association's arbitration procedures, according to league sources and documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

    Owens alleges the union is attempting to force him to use an arbitrator who he says is "essentially on [Drew] Rosenhaus' payroll," in a $6.5 million dispute between he and his former agent.

    Jackson raised concern with being forced to use the same arbitrator — Roger Kaplan — in a dispute between he and Rosenhaus over more than $400,000. The wide receiver alleges he was never informed Kaplan was receiving money from Rosenhaus for serving as an arbitrator in an unrelated dispute between the agent and a former employee. Jackson says the financial relationship between Rosenhaus and Kaplan gives rise to the appearance of bias, and Jackson has asked Kaplan to recuse himself from his matter.

    Union spokesman George Atallah did not respond to an email, call or text for comment.

  • Former financial adviser for NFL players banned from industry by FINRA

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    Former financial adviser Jinesh “Hodge” Brahmbhatt has been banned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in relation to his participation in an alleged $18 million fraud that ensnared a number of prominent NFL and NBA players, Yahoo Sports has learned.

    Brahmbhatt signed a letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on Nov. 4 after failing to appear and testify at an August disciplinary proceeding aimed at getting to the bottom of the alleged fraud.

    Brahmbhatt's attorney Alan Futerfas of The Law Offices of Alan S. Futerfas emphasized that Brahmbhatt was banned by FINRA for failing to appear at the August disciplinary proceeding and cautioned against reading any further into that outcome.

    "The FINRA Consent makes clear that the reason for the bar is that Mr. Brahmbhatt 'failed to appear and testify at the disciplinary hearing' of Success Trade. FINRA did not lodge any charges against Mr. Brahmhatt in relation to the Success Trade offering. Any suggestion or implication to the contrary is unfounded."

  • Jadeveon Clowney leaning toward signing with Jay Z’s agency

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has informed a person close to him that he is leaning toward signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports, according to a source familiar with his recruitment.

    Though Clowney has experienced a decline in his production this year, he remains a presumptive top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. While his first two seasons at South Carolina saw him record 21 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss, he has just two sacks and 6 1/2 tackles for loss through nine games this season.

    Clowney has already been publicly linked to Jay Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter. A July report in "Inside The League" indicated Clowney was "smitten" with the superstar rapper-turned-sports agent and that the two had been in "regular contact under the guise of the rapper recruiting him for his marketing potential."

    The day the report surfaced, Clowney posted a picture on his Instagram account of an article discussing the report with the caption, "You kno we about to turn up. Dream coming true."

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  • Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick files lawsuit over alleged investment scam

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick filed a lawsuit against financial firm Success Trade and prominent financial adviser Jinesh “Hodge” Brahmbhatt of Jade Management for their role in placing players in allegedly fraudulent investments.

    Law firm Sonn & Erez PLC announced the suit Friday.

    Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that multiple federal agencies including the FBI, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice were probing Success Trade investments. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has red-flagged Success Trade for selling $18 million in fraudulent and unregistered promissory notes to 58 investors, 30 of whom were professional athletes.

  • Federal investigators probing alleged $18 million scam involving NFL and NBA players

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    On the heels of regulators red-flagging a potential $18 million scam last week, multiple federal agencies are probing investments sold to NFL and NBA players, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

    According to multiple sources that spoke to Yahoo! Sports on the condition of anonymity, several professional athletes have either been contacted or been urged to contact investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Three sources also told Yahoo! Sports that the NFL Players Association has asked a handful of its athletes with investments tied to Jade Management to contact FBI investigators. Jade previously managed finances for dozens of professional athletes, and had investment ties to Success Trade – a firm that came under fire from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) last week. Success Trade was ordered to halt fundraising last week after allegedly selling $18 million in fraudulent and unregistered promissory notes to 58 persons, many of whom were NFL and NBA players.

  • Former NFL agent received his union certification despite being under federal indictment for fraud

    Rand Getlin at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    One year ago, Everette Scott was under federal indictment for fraud. Months after that indictment, the NFL Players Association certified him to continue his career as an NFL agent. Now he has been convicted and is scheduled for sentencing in September, and the NFLPA is declining to comment on it.

    Scott and a co-defendant were convicted early last week of defrauding investors of more than $5 million, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Scott was found guilty on one count of securities fraud and two counts of wire fraud, after he and his his co-defendant Tryone Gilliam solicited and misappropriated investor funds that Gilliam used to buy luxury cars, jewelry, and other items. Prosecutors also said Scott and Gilliam produced falsified bank records and made false statements to investors in an attempt to conceal the fraud.

    Asked about Scott’s indictment and his subsequent NFLPA approval to remain a certified agent, spokesman George Atallah responded, “Thank you for your email. I will not be answering any questions from you at this time. The NFLPA officially declines comment.”

  • Drew Rosenhaus armed with lawyers referred by union head DeMaurice Smith at NFLPA arbitration

    Rand Getlin and Jason Cole at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    By Rand Getlin and Jason Cole

    NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith referred long-time former colleagues to defend Drew Rosenhaus during an NFLPA arbitration, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

    That action has ruffled the feathers of multiple prominent agents who spoke to Yahoo! Sports on the condition of anonymity, expressing frustration at what they termed a significant conflict of interest. The agents have alleged that Smith’s referral – essentially aiding Rosenhaus in defending himself before an NFLPA arbitrator – is a clear example of Smith protecting an agent rather than impartially governing.

    “It’s a major conflict of interest for the executive director of the NFLPA to be referring attorneys to Rosenhaus,” one agent said.

    The paramount issue at hand is that the NFLPA may eventually have to sanction Rosenhaus in his case, which involves a dispute between the well-known agent and former employee Danny Martoe. Martoe was a longtime employee of Rosenhaus Sports Representation before being fired in 2012. He is now seeking more than $1 million in commissions and damages stemming from his work with Rosenhaus.

  • Longtime college football manager: Everyone cheats and deflates footballs on game day

    Charles Robinson at Not for Attribution 3 yrs ago

    [ Editor's note: This story was originally published on Jan. 7, 2013, in wake of USC getting fined and reprimanded by the Pac-12 for a student manager deflating a football in a game against Oregon. Deflate-gate didn't start with the New England Patriots. ]

    In a small way, your college football team is likely cheating every game day. At least, that’s what a long-tenured college football equipment manager believes.

    With the college football season coming to a close, we conducted a Q&A with an equipment manager about some of the white lies and misdemeanors that occur in the sport. Specifically, the focus was to revisit the football-deflating fiasco at USC earlier this season, when an allegedly rogue student manager for the Trojans was busted and dismissed for deflating footballs in a loss to Oregon.

    Y!: Ball-tampering in general, it’s sort of a behind-the-scenes thing in college football, maybe like a major league pitcher scuffing a baseball. Were you guys surprised someone got caught deflating footballs?

    Y!: When you say everybody does it, that’s obviously an assumption.

    Y!: So in football parlance it’s not exactly like stealing defensive signals. It’s not serious.

    A: Yeah.