MLB Players

Odalis, Will You Be My Hero?

“When you spend your own money you want to be recognized for that. I don’t want to be a hero, but just pay more attention to what I’m doing. People don’t want to give me the recognition for it.”

What you lookin at charity fool?How many guesses will it take before you figure out who said the quote above? If you picked Odalis Perez, you were right on the money, as good old Odalis has decided to stop his O’s 45’s charitable program after losing his starting job on the Los Angeles Dodgers [Odalis No Idealist]. Sore loser? Sure. Bitter? Definitely. Pure stupidity? That’s what I was looking for. Public relations seems to be a hot topic that players are really messing up on this week. Players need to keep their mouths shut sometimes, and let the people they employ (agents) speak for them. Odalis Perez and any other player should never tell reporters that he/she is stopping a charitable program because he/she did not get enough credit from the public and team for donations made even if it is the truth. Either scrap the program and do not make a stupid statement that makes you look like a jerk in the public eye, or keep the program running and take your demotion like a man/woman.

This is a perfect example of just one more reason why Sports Agents are needed. Most players need to stick to what they are good at, which is performing on the field/court/rink/etc. Let the agents take care of the reporters and charities.

[tags]odalis perez, los angeles dodgers, public relations, pr, sports agents[/tags]

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.