In November 2005, Josh Luchs and Steve Feldman, both working on behalf of The Gersh Agency, traveled out to Columbus, Ohio to talk to Ohio State’s Santonio Holmes. Luchs says that Holmes said the following:
“Listen, I want to save you the time. We don’t need to meet. I’ve been taking money from [an agent] the last couple years, and he’s been taking care of my family too.”
Feldman has confirmed Holmes making such a statement, but Holmes denies taking money from an agent while in college or saying those words to Luchs and/or Feldman.
Based on the allegation alone, the NFLPA has a duty to conduct an investigation. It most likely will not conduct an investigation; however, unless it has no choice but to look into the matter. That may be the case, though, since the Ohio State compliance office is looking into the allegations, and just last week Ohio’s Attorney General warned sports agents that he would not stand for misconduct by sports agents.
While the Ohio State University is probably safe from any ramifications if it is found that Holmes accepted money from an agent (there is an NCAA proscribed 4-year statute of limitations with these types of matters), the same may not be true regarding penalties handed down on the agent who might have given benefits to Holmes while he was in school. In that case, it will be up to the aforementioned NFLPA, State of Ohio, or federal government to take action.
Joel Segal has represented Santonio Holmes since he entered the league. We all know that agents who pay athletes do not always walk away with the athletes as clients, but sometimes it does end that way.
What incentive would Luchs and Feldman have to lie about this or even bring it up in the first place?