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Daunte Culpepper Needs Our Help

For 2 consecutive days in February, I decided to discuss if in fact sports agents are unnecessary for the modern athlete.

The first day, I used 2 athletes as examples to show the type of pain that an athlete can suffer when choosing the “cheap way out” by not signing an agent [Agents Are Overrated].  I also gave testimony from Doug Brown, a defensive lineman in the CFL, who gave 2 reasons for having an agent:

1) So that he and the general manager of his team does not enter a personal arena where playing on the team becomes uncomfortable.

2) Because he is “not trained in the language, rules or wording of legal documents.”

The next day, I clarified my previous post by saying that agents still have a duty to inform their players about the business of sports.  Agents should still do everything in their power to have their clients understand what happens behind the scenes and why [So Agents Really Are NOT Overrated..].

I believe that an athlete should have an agent represent him/her in any contractual relationship with his/her team.  I definitely have a biased stance as the owner of a blog titled, I Want to be a Sports Agent, and a managing partner at Dynasty Athlete Representation.  That being said, there are too many examples of situations where it is clear that an athlete would be better off if he/she had a professional working on his/her issues with a team.

Latest case in point: Daunte Culpepper.  Whether you think the situation is right or wrong, Daunte has been unable to practice with his current Miami Dolphins teammates (he is still under contract) so far in mini-camp.  Culpepper says that he does not want to be traded and that he will not show up to play for any team that gains the rights to him through a trade (an agent may persuade him to not make such comments to the media).  That’s right, Daunte Culpepper acts as his own agent.

This is a case where it would be wise to have a third-party come in to handle disputes between player and team.  Just look back to Doug Brown’s statements laid out in the beginning of this post.  The situation has now become uncomfortable and Daunte is does not have the best legal background to backup his threats.

As Sports Law Blog points out, an agent can work to diffuse the tension, acting as an intermediary or buffer between the player and team, and also develop a public relations strategy to deal with media [Daunte Culpepper: Walking Alone On and Off the Field]. This sounds like an awful lot to do for a player who is also trying to finally get over rehabbing his breaking body…not to mention that it is kind of hard to act as a buffer between yourself and another entity.

My two cents to athletes: Agents make a living off of you.  There is no denying that point.  But I am not sure that I see a problem in that type of relationship.  The sports agent industry is a service industry.  Agents make money by giving a service to players that they need.  For many, this just means negotiating offers with professional teams.  For others, this means a lot more.  Even the most simple, basic player should not prevent himself/herself from getting to the next level because he/she does not want to give a small percentage of a paycheck away to an agent.  Keep that in mind Daunte, and others.

-Darren Heitner

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.

9 replies on “Daunte Culpepper Needs Our Help”

Props on the #10 seed. I think the site was better when it has multiple posts with text on the main page. Did yal sign any players in the MLB Draft? Still waiting for Dynasty to takeover this industry. Good luck. Is a team really going to take Taurean in the first round? Also, maybe put up a post about agents trying to manipulate the NBA Draft (different workout strategies used, pre-draft preparation, use of current clients, relationships with team executives, players stock rising and falling, etc.). Hallelujah Hollaback.


Thanks on the props, however, I’m a little upset with the low seeding. Hopefully I can be a big upset in the bracket. I took off the multiple posts on the main page so that the footer would be seen by more people, highlighting recent articles, recent comments, and top commentators. If people want to look at recent archives they can go to the footer, or extended archives in the menu tab. Is this not sufficient?

We have not signed any players in the draft as of this moment. That could change, and if it does, I will make sure to note of it. Thanks for the confidence in Dynasty!

Taurean could go first round in a draft not dominated by many true point guards. My personal opinion is that he goes in the 2nd round.

I will look into doing a good NBA draft post. I will also be involved in a couple of mock drafts representing the Miami Heat on some other blogs.

Funny, a friend and myself were talking over lunch this afternoon and he brought up the topic of Culpepper going without an agent. I told him there are some exceptions to a player needing an agent, but that Culpepper is the PERFECT EXAMPLE of the type of player that desperately needs an agent.

1.Taureen had an excellent Orlando Pre-Draft Camp and moved his stock up from late 2nd round-possibly undrafted to early 2nd round.
2. Culpepper was king of the world just a few years ago, coming of a 39 td season that few quarterbacks have ever replicated. Now his knee will never be the same, he is not mobile and he can’t push off the leg to support his formerly clinical long balls. Now he doesn’t even have a team really and definately does not have a starting gig this year.

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