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Janoris Jenkins Settles Dispute With Former Agents But Attacks Them On Twitter

A grievance filed by a couple of Contract Advisors against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been settled for an undisclosed sum of money.

The grievance, filed by agents Malik Shareef and Rodney Thomas with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) per the guidelines provided by the NFLPA’s Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, sought quantum meruit relief based on the amount of time that Shareef and Thomas expended on Jenkins’ behalf. The Contract Advisors were asking for compensation based on roughly 850 hours of work at $275 per hour.

Shareef and Thomas signed Jenkins after he originally signed with agent Ben Dogra coming out of the University of Florida, and represented him through the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jenkins terminated Shareef and Thomas in early 2016, before he signed a $62 million deal with the Giants. He was represented by agency Schwartz & Feinsod when the contract with the Giants was executed, but Shareef and Thomas wanted to be paid for the work they claimed to have accomplished on Jenkins’ behalf leading up to that deal. Thus, a grievance against Jenkins was filed.

While the parties have now settled the dispute, Jenkins is not done fighting through social media. He recently fired off a couple of tweets that have caused the agent community to raise its collective eyebrows.

Neither Shareef nor Thomas returned inquiries for comment on the matter as of the time that this article was initially published.

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.