This past Friday, Sports Agent Charles Taplin was arrested for trying to gain information about and contact student athletes at Louisiana State University [LSUPD charges ‘agent’ in WCA]. The arrest is for “violating a Louisiana law that regulates sports agents and their contact with athletes.”
But the story gets worse. Travelle Gaines, an assistant strength coach at LSU, was also arrested for telling athletes at his school to sign with Mr. Taplin [LSU assisat coach arrested for helping sports agent].
This story makes two important points:
1) There are a lot of shady people in the sports industry, and there definitely exists relationships where NCAA coaches and Sports Agents benefit off of each other’s closeness with particular athletes.
2) If caught, the legal system will have no remorse for your actions. The punishment for violation of the law may be prison time. Is that worth it?
Update (10/25/06):Â It appears that ESPN may have been incorrect in relating the arrest of Mr. Gaines to the arrest of agent Charles Taplin.Â According to police reports, C.J. Laboy of Octagon was present at Mr. Gaines’ household when athletes were invited over, and he pursued those athletes later for a more personal meeting.
[tags]charles taplin, lsu, travelle gaines, Louisiana state, sports agent[/tags]