Sports Law

Prominent Basketball Agent Charged With Producing Child Pornography

On Friday, it was revealed that a Chicago youth basketball coach was charged with four counts of producing child pornography, one count of conspiracy to produce same and one count of knowingly receiving child pornography. The individual accused of such heinous crimes is not just a basketball coach, he is a sports agent who represents professional basketball players, which means this could reach beyond the State of Chicago to impact other areas, such as the age of consent florida youth and those below it.

Bradley Ames allegedly paid minor boys to record them engaging in sexual acts and then disseminated the content over the Internet. To make matters worse (if possible) Ames is alleged to have paid a co-conspirator, from time-to-time, to engage in sexual acts with the minors. Gone are the times when it used to be a scandal if a famous person watched adult pornography like , these days people don’t bat an eyelid at that as it’s the norm, unfortunately it seems more and more stars are being involved in depraved acts like this one, luckily being famous won’t stop them from being prosecuted.

On June 10, sports agency Priority Sports & Entertainment listed Ames as a part of its basketball team of agents and head of the company’s international operations. “Brad deals with the NBA Development League, from which we have had the most NBA “call-ups” of any agency,” stated the “Our Team” page.

As of today, Ames is no longer listed on the page. Additionally, a page dedicated to biography of Ames now provides an “ACCESS DENIED” title with no further information attached.

Ames had been with Priority Sports for thirteen years. It now appears that the company is doing what it can to distance itself from him.

Ames could face a minimum of fifteen years in prison. His lawyer says that the investigation has been ongoing for over two years and denies that Ames is guilty of the charges.

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.