The NCAA continued its investigation into possible violations by former USC running back Reggie Bush on Thursday when it met with Lee Pfeifer, the estranged business partner of marketing agent Mike Ornstein.
Cheri O’Laverty, Pfeifer’s attorney, acknowledged that she and her client met with investigators from the NCAA, Pacific-10 Conference and a professor from USC’s law school in Los Angeles. However, O’Laverty declined to discuss any specifics because of a confidentiality agreement she and Pfeifer signed.
It’s believed that Pfeifer turned over documents to the NCAA that show Ornstein’s company paid for Bush’s family to attend USC’s game against California in November 2005. Ornstein’s company paid for airline flights for Bush’s mother, stepfather and stepbrother as well as a limo ride to and from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco.
Pfeifer, who is suing Ornstein over his failure to live up to their business agreement, is also believed to have other documents showing Ornstein paid for other trips for Bush’s family.
In May, the NCAA, Pac-10 and the law school professor went to San Diego to investigate initial reports by Yahoo Sports that Bush’s family lived in a home purchased by the financier of a fledgling marketing company. Those are among more than $100,000 in benefits that Bush and his family are alleged to have received.
- Reggie Bush