Do Your Clients Need A Wingman?

Not interested in sending your clients to Blackwater Worldwide for some good old fashioned firearm training?  What if you have highly controversial clients who like heading out to the clubs that may not be the best scenes for iced out necks and bling on the wrist?  Might want to call in a guy like Julian Jones.  Some call him a wingman; others a babysitterHis specialty is in preparation, and he does his best to steer athletes away from potential trouble.  He has worked with some of the biggest names in professional sports and is a special assistant to the Maloof brothers, who own the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casinos.

While reading the New York Times piece linked to above, I could not help but think about the similarities between the way Jones and William Wesley are described by the media.  Unlike Wesley, it seems like Jones does not mind the public attention.  I am all for athletes having fun.  They should not be relegated to staying at home in the offseason.  I am happy that there are Julian Jones’s out there to take care of them while they party it up with their people.

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.

One reply on “Do Your Clients Need A Wingman?”

Interesting comparison. I’ve met him a few times at Staples with the Maloofs. Some people have that people person thing down — and from the article, it seems like he is one of them.

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