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Agents Paying Players? Really? Can’t Be True? SI Exposes Shady Side

by Robert Littal | Posted on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
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“Josh Luchs is to agents ¬†what Superhead was to groupies.”

That is what I said when someone asked me what my opinion was of the SI.com cover story about corrupt agent Josh Luchs.

The truth is, while Luchs maybe dirty, there are many kids playing in the mud with him.

There is no reason you should be surprised to hear a story like this:

One guy who needed money was Ryan Leaf, which was why in 1996 I met with the Cougars’ quarterback at a hotel near campus. This was before his junior season, and Ryan was on the cusp of stardom. He was a whale. I knew that if I could sign him, it would change my life.

At the hotel, Ryan made it clear that he had significant credit card debt, something like $5,000, and needed help. I knew that if I just paid off his debt, he would forget about me and have no reason to develop a relationship. “But I want to help,” I said. “How much do you think you would need each month to make your life easier?” He said he needed around $500 a month, which wasn’t much to pay for a player with Ryan’s potential earnings. In the bathroom of that hotel, he signed an undated representation contract and a loan agreement for the money. Soon afterward, Doc and I began paying him monthly with money orders, ranging from $300 to $700.

I went to The Ohio State University, the second largest university in the country. One of the Top 10 College Football teams of all time in regards to:

  • Tradition
  • Name Recognition
  • Winning
  • National Championships

And most importantly:

AGENTS PAYING OFF PLAYERS

All I have to do is mention:

“The Dealership”

And OSU alums get nervous about what I might say next.

It isn’t my job though to judge, my job is to educated. This isn’t unusual what Mr. Luchs was doing just like it wasn’t unusual that Supahead was on-call for every rapper who sold more than 15k copies for a decade.

That is just life and if you’d open your eyes, you would already see that.

I appreciate SI.com breaking it down, but some agents are still going to pay, just like a Kat Stacks will pop up in the public conscious from time to time.

Just the way it is.

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