Skip to comments.Confessions of an [NFL] agent (The best piece of sports investigative reporting this year)
Posted on 10/12/2010 2:19:40 PM PDT by truthandlife
I will never forget the first time I paid a player.
There are moments you will always remember, like your first kiss or your first home run or the day you met your wife. For me, the first time I broke an NCAA rule to try to land a client is just as indelible.
It was before the 1990 football season, and I flew from Los Angeles to Denver and drove to the University of Colorado to try to meet with Kanavis McGhee. He was a big, pass-rushing linebacker who was expected to be a high pick in the 1991 NFL draft. I was 20 years old -- the youngest agent ever certified by the NFL Players Association -- and had less than a year's experience, but for whatever reason I convinced myself that I had a shot with him.
I figured out where Kanavis lived, drove to his apartment and knocked on the door. No one answered, so I waited. About four hours later, Kanavis finally came home and I bum-rushed him at the door.
"Hey, Kanavis, my name is Josh Luchs. I'm a sports agent, and I flew here from Los Angeles specifically for you," I said. "You're a great player and I came a long way, and I'd really appreciate it if you would sit down and talk to me for a few minutes."
(Excerpt) Read more at sportsillustrated.cnn.com ...
I relished every sentence.
This is the kind of down-in-the-dirt reporting that the print media will have to do if they want to compete and stand apart.
I found this link on another site today and could not stop reading it!
I hope the author is heading into Witness Protection shortly, though.
I have a client who is a pro sports “agent”. Let me just say, it is a very dirty business!
mark for later
This “agent” is a piece of trash. He broke the law then write this kiss and tell. Spoiled rich kid and jock sniffer too.
Why is he talking about Datsun dealers and 280z’s when the company changed its name to Nissan when he was about eight years old.
Very interesting article.
You know all this will be legit if no one sues Fuchs. He is outting some rich people who have the money to sue...you know Fuchs is telling the truth if they do not sue
So much for Mel Kiper’s credibility
He might have been as dirty as the rest of the agents out there but there is a time where you just come to the realization that if you just dump the truth out there it will clear everything up. I think Floyd Landis was one of those guys as well as Jose Canseco.
I assumed that the greatest examples of uselessness were Hollywood Miscreants and Rock Stars. It seems as though Professional Athletes are right up there in the PPL (that's Pantheon of Pathetic Losers).
The only real heroes wear Military Uniforms, work in the field of Law Enforcement, Public Safety and the FBI/CIA undercover agents. To think otherwise is to forever remain a child.
This story is great from beginning to end.
If you were a good player at UCLA, I made a run at you. I tried to get can’t-miss NFL left tackle prospect Jonathan Ogden as a client, but he wouldn’t take my money. He did, however, go with me to a Janet Jackson concert. My girlfriend got two tickets, and I told her, “Sorry, I need those tickets for J.O. He’s a big Janet Jackson fan.” Instead of going to the concert with my girlfriend, I went with a 6’9” guy who weighed more than 300 pounds and who screamed “Janet!” the whole night like a teenage girl.
The lunches, the money each month, the bail, the concert tickets, those were all NCAA violations, of course, but in my mind I wasn’t doing anything wrong. Doc would say to me, “We ain’t members of the NCAA. We didn’t agree to follow these rules.” I also justified it by remembering that the schools and the NCAA were making money while the players, many of whom came from poor families, weren’t getting anything but an education, which many of them didn’t take seriously. Plus, Doc and I knew that if they didn’t take our money, they would take it from one of the dozens of other agents opening their wallets. Agents have been giving kids money for decades.
I doubt that lending rent money to needy people had ever been done by him before or since that event, of course we know that he kept giving money to purchase access to people that could benefit him.
Mel and Gary won’t be in any trouble, they didn’t break any rules.
great article, but it isn’t really reporting - the guy penned a confession and sport illustrated fact checked.
Very good read. Kind of a redemption tale.
The agent broke no law. THere is no law that says an agent can’t pay a player to sign up, or provide any kinds of other incentives.
THe NCAA is allowed to make RULES that govern whether a student can still play a college sport if they get payment or sign, but that’s the NCAA rules, not a law.
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