People say that agents giving financial goodies to potential clients is much worse in football than any other sport. The Reggie Bush scandal that seemed to be locked away from the media for a while has just hit the surface again due to a new Yahoo! report, which suggests that Bush’s family did in fact receive a nice chunk of change [Bush, family received $100,000 in benefits].
The report says that Michael Michaels (who did not land Reggie Bush) along with Mike Ornstein (does represent Reggie Bush) gave Bush hotel rooms, money, rent-free housing, etc. Ornstein, who has been claimed to be one of the post powerful and influential figures in the sports industry, says that he did not know that giving Bush a loan was in any violation of NCAA rules.
Someone will pay, and most likely it will be those who attempted to sign Reggie Bush to marketing deals. The subject of this post should be a question that we all ask ourselves before even thinking about violating any NCAA rules (which any agent should be up-to-date on): Is providing any type of monetary benefit to a prospective client worth the potential harm that it may cause your reputation and/or wallet? My answer is no, and I hope you all feel the same way. A key part of creating this blog was to attempt to revolutionize the industry by providing information to a large audience. I hope that one of the results can be to bring more ethical agents into the profession and kick the cheaters out.
Just to clarify: Mike Ornstein and Michael Michaels are not guilty of anything as of today, and I am not trying to say that they are. We should be finding out the truth as the investigation continues. This report is merely based on an 8-month investigation by Yahoo! Sports [Report: Agents Lavished Bush With Gifts].
[tags]reggie bush, ornstein, usc, new orleans[/tags]