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“Come After Me, Big Guy” – Ralph Cindrich

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida.

Ralph Cindrich is a sports agent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recently, Ralph has come out with some very aggressive comments directed towards the NCAA, NCAA President Mark Emmert, and Nick Saban. According to a recent article published on, Ralph believes Nick Saban is cheating and breaking NCAA rules. However, when pressed, Ralph offered no direct evidence to prove such. Instead, Ralph stated, “Everybody has something on Nick Saban. And if he has a problem with anything I say, then come after me, big guy.” Further, when Ralph was asked if Alabama players were paid, he stated, “Oh, come on.”

Cindrich made a comment that I found quite interesting. He stated, “I have enough on Saban right now, and I realize this stuff gets out, and I also realize that truth is a defense.” This comment shows that Cindrich is aware of the legal cause of action, defamation. Defamation is a statement of fact that is false and causes a defamatory effect, identifies the Plaintiff, and is published to a third party. The key to defamation is the statement made cannot be one of mere opinion, but has to be a fact. This could be the reason why Cindrich didn’t mention any specific facts when being interviewed. That, or Ralph doesn’t really have any facts to speak of. However, truth is an absolute defense to a lawsuit against defamation. That means if Ralph would have stated specific facts about Saban cheating, and they were true facts, then Saban could not succeed in a defamation lawsuit against Ralph.

This rant by Cindrich began when he was being asked about the sanctions imposed by the NCAA against Penn State. From there, Ralph went on to speak about the integrity of the NCAA, or better yet, the lack there of. Saban wasn’t the only person spoken of during the interview. Ralph had some choice words for Mark Emmert as well. When asked what Ralph thought of Mark Emmert, he replied, “A bozo, a hypocrite.”  When asked about the NCAA decision against Penn St., Cindrich replied, “We should be looking at them (NCAA). There’s something that smells about this whole thing. It came down too quickly, in my opinion.”

One thing is for sure, while nobody will get upset about Cindrich bashing the NCAA, Alabama football faithful fans took issue with his statements regarding Nick Saban and the University. Cindrich had his Twitter feed blown up with angry Alabama fans on Thursday, demanding that he state facts before he throws out merit less accusations.

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 ““Come After Me, Big Guy” – Ralph Cindrich”

No, this started back when Saban called agents pimps in 2010.

Cindrich pulled the same thing with USC with some unfounded things he claimed he knew about USC/Pete Carroll.

Cindrich will go out of his was to defend his profession…which is fine, there are many solid agents who do respectable work in the field, there are also some that cross the line…you can say the same thing about coaches. No profession is perfect, there bad apples everywhere.

Bottom line, if Cindrich has info on any coach breaking the rules then he should put up or shut up. His tough makes him look insecure and petty…

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