Eugene Parker has had a very rough 2009 (minus the pleasant commissions that he takes). Michael Crabtree‘s holdout was the story that would not go away. It lasted from the start of training camp all the way to Week 5 of the regular season. All the while, Parker kept himself away from the media. No pictures, no video, and no quotes. There are definitely benefits of staying out of the public eye, especially when you are the agent for someone who is talked about daily. However, Parker may not be getting tarnished for staying TOO far away from the media’s purview.
When Crabtree eventually signed with the San Francisco 49ers and held a press conference, Parker was nowhere to be found. Perhaps it is because there is no way to justify such a long holdout when your client accepts an offer that was on the table months ago.
So the Crabtree saga is done…for now. Time will tell if the 49ers wasted a 1st round pick or not. But what about this Dez Bryant story? You know, the Oklahoma State football player who was ruled ineligible for this past weekend’s game (and possibly the entire season) after lying to the NCAA about going to Deion Sanders’ house and training at his facility? Yeah, he even wrote about it on his Facebook page.
Okay so Dez Bryant gets busted for talking with Deion Sanders…where does Parker come into the picture? As the Tulsa World reported,
[Deion] Sanders resides in the Dallas area and is associated with sports agent Eugene Parker. As an NFL player, Sanders was Parker’s client. [Dez] Bryant admitted to participating in a training session with Sanders at a Dallas-area gym and to having dinner at Sanders’ home.
Oy vey. Are we looking too far into the connection, or is there credence to all of this? Apparently Sanders had a strong hand in Crabtree’s holdout, so perhaps Deion is an intricate part of Parker’s arsenal. Crabtree, like Bryant also worked out at Prime U. For now, Parker’s name is not involved in the Dez Bryant issue; however, I am sure that the last thing the agent wants at this point is his name in the media because of any possible connection. At least Sanders is going to bat for his former agent.
“Eugene has nothing to do with this,” Sanders said in a telephone interview. “Eugene don’t do that. He’s never been in this situation.”