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Bill Henkel Pleads Guilty

February 1, 2006 – I reported that former IMG employee Bill Henkel received a temporary restraining order (TRO) from IMG after Henkel allegedly attempted to solicit IMG clients to his new company, 10 SPORTS MARKETING.

April 24, 2007 – The TRO was not enough.  Henkel was accused of getting illegal kickbacks for signing LaDanian Tomlinson to particular deals.  Commercial bribery and theft were the felony charges based on the accusation.

This Monday, Henkel pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of criminal deprivation of property, which will enable him to avoid going to jail.  Back in 2007, I wondered if Adrian Peterson and Lorenzo Booker would stick with the guy who had a bad rap sheet.  It seems like keeping clients has not been an issue for Henkel.  He also apparently represents Steve Smith, Chad Pennington, and Wes Welker.

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.

2 replies on “Bill Henkel Pleads Guilty”

What some agents get away with is so incredible. When will the law really take this serious. As always, the players are they ones getting taken advantage of. This is why it’s good to have new blood in the game like Dynasty that will try to do it the right way.

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