Friday, May 23, 2008

Bullsh** is smelt before actually seen

Enter the new phase of the O.J Mayo saga, and we find his selected sports agency, and the center of the controversy, has now severed ties with the former USC caging star and future millionaire. The biggest question becomes "why", being that sports agents aren’t in the business of voluntarily dropping investments of future earning potential.

Billy Duffy Associates released a statement with an explanation, as follows:

"Due to the overwhelming intensity of recent allegations regarding the recruitment of O.J. Mayo, we feel that our representation of him is a distraction for he and his family at this time," the statement said.

"This should be the best time in his life and anything that takes away from that enjoyment and the experience of this process is not fair to him."

That’s a nice try, but I’m not buying it, mostly because you can usually smell the bullsh*t before actually seeing it. That isn’t how a sports agency operates, and they’ve never cared more for a client and their families, as much as the care for their own greed. Reggie Bush didn’t seem to have problems lining up agents amid his controversies. Character players like Nebraska’s Maurice Purify and Alabama’s D.J Hall managed to pick up agents before draft day. And hell, even with the arrests and fallout to incidents circling Adam “Pacman” Jones and Chris Henry, they may have missed out on any potential endorsement deals, but still managed to maintain sports representation.

In one instance, someone can view the split as squashing the allegations against USC and O.J. Mayo. The allegations are based on sports pimping, and if an agent is willing to drop his client, it would likely send a message that there was never anything invested in him. But still, I’m not so quick to buy into that.

If you look at the bigger picture, it would appear that an agency is creating space between themselves and any possible penalties that may result from illegal actions. It would appear that an agency is willing to drop one, to protect all the others across the country on the payroll. O.J. can’t be the only one, can he? I doubt it. To assume the allegations are exclusive to a single player would also be the assumption of exclusiveness to one agency. Both assumptions would be false.

It’s usually during these occurrences of severance when all the good dirt hits the table. With nothing to lose, having already lost the money put into the investment, the agent will squeal and lay it all out on the table. Don’t expect any of that to be happening anytime soon, because this isn’t about an agent being snubbed by a client. It’s about an agency trying to preserve its existence and the future draw of other prospective clients on Junior High playgrounds.

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