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Vincent Jackson, agents demand retraction from San Diego Union-Tribune

The contract dispute between the Chargers and receiver Vincent Jackson has expanded.  Now immersed in the morass is the San Diego Union-Tribune and its online portal, SignOnSanDiego.com.

The publications have received a letter demanding a retraction of a recent report alleging that Jackson is receiving monetary support from his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, during his holdout.  The letter was sent by attorney Howard Weitzman of Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, Kump, & Aldisert in Santa Monica.  Weitzman is an experienced and very high-powered Hollywood lawyer, whose clients have included John
DeLorean, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Magic
Johnson, O. J. Simpson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ivan
Reitman, and Sean Combs.

“League and sources in the agent community have confirmed that his
ability to forego a salary is due to the financial backing of Schwartz
and Feinsod
, with the understanding the agents will be paid back after
Jackson receives the mega contract they are seeking,” Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune reported on August 24.

Weitzman explained to PFT by phone that the article “inferred Vincent was not capable of managing his finances and that Neil and Jonathan are giving him financial backing so that he won’t negotiate and sign with the Chargers.” 

Weitzman also called the assertion “false.”

As to Jackson, Weitzman said, “He has managed his finances well.  This could cause some G.M.’s down the road to look at him differently.”

As to Schwartz and Feinsod, Weitzman explained that the alleged falsehood “infers that these agents have told him, ‘Forget about it, we’ll back you.  You don’t have to worry about making money.  We’ll get you more down the road.’”

Though the agents already represent Jackson and thus aren’t prohibited by NFLPA regulations from giving or loaning money to Jackson, the report also potentially creates, in our view, a sense that Schwartz and Feinsod fall into the Nick Saban “pimp” club, paying anyone and everyone now if it means making more money later.

Weitzman has demanded only a retraction, and he has requested a response with a specific time frame.  If the retraction is not made, legal action possibly will be pursued.

In our assessment, the letter from Weitzman could be aimed at addressing the perception (accurate or otherwise) that the Union-Tribune has sided with the Chargers as to the Jackson holdout.  Then again, threatening to sue the publication may not be the best way to get the Union-Tribune to see Jackson’s side of the broader story.

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48 Responses to “Vincent Jackson, agents demand retraction from San Diego Union-Tribune”
  1. ernieadams says: Aug 30, 2010 7:18 PM

    The article insinuated not inferred Mr High Powered Attorney. Perhaps you inferred from the article.

  2. Rangenius says: Aug 30, 2010 7:21 PM

    Who cares…

  3. Patsfan1776 says: Aug 30, 2010 7:23 PM

    This ends with an IRS tax fraud case with the player not claiming “loans” from the agents.

  4. Ty Redofbuck says: Aug 30, 2010 7:26 PM

    The writer and newspaper portraying the player in a negative light without substantiated information is certainly cause for a demanded retraction and potential legal action.
    If the Chargers are reluctant to negotiate a contract extension because of his personal issues, it stands to reason that other teams would be hesitant as well.
    Unless of course the San Diego Chargers are just playing media games with players so that they don’t have to pay them big contract extensions. See Ladainian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison, Drew Brees and Shawn Merriman.
    The circumstances for each one are different but the trend from the Chargers front office and the San Diego Union Tribune remains the same. Make the player out to be a villain so we can justify treating them like garbage.

  5. Chiefs2010 says: Aug 30, 2010 7:28 PM

    SD doesn’t need him, who’s Jackson kidding..
    he’s no Brandon Marshall

  6. YourJustJealous says: Aug 30, 2010 7:28 PM

    Stick to your guns Kevin Acee and SD U-T
    It is the truth, and never back down from the truth

  7. Wet Paper Bag says: Aug 30, 2010 7:28 PM

    Just go ahead and sue the paper for libel.

  8. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Aug 30, 2010 7:30 PM

    is he not traded yet? hmmm

  9. SBS0311 says: Aug 30, 2010 7:31 PM

    These agents are hopeless. They cause more fighting with teams than any other agent or agency representing NFL players.

  10. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Aug 30, 2010 7:39 PM

    Things are getting ugly….

  11. jgreen1570 says: Aug 30, 2010 7:40 PM

    An attorney should know the difference between “inferred” and “implied.”

  12. Percy Headachin says: Aug 30, 2010 7:54 PM

    unless any of you have gone to law school, you have no idea what you are talking about and should shut up

  13. Peester15 says: Aug 30, 2010 7:55 PM

    Jackson wanted to hire Johnny Cochrane..found out he was no longer alive, so he chose the next best option…….”Howard Weitzman of Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, Kump, & Aldisert in Santa Monica”.

  14. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Aug 30, 2010 7:57 PM

    I agree with the other happy people here…isn’t basic vocabulary a first day topic in law school???

  15. In & Out Burger says: Aug 30, 2010 8:07 PM

    I don’t know who said this, but inferred is perfectly valid in this usage.

  16. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 30, 2010 8:20 PM

    Weitzman explained to PFT by phone that the article “inferred Vincent was not capable of managing his finances and that Neil and Jonathan are giving him financial backing so that he won’t negotiate and sign with the Chargers.”
    Weitzman also called the assertion “false.”
    As to Jackson, Weitzman said, “He has managed his finances well. This could cause some G.M.’s down the road to look at him differently.”
    _______________________________
    Sure he used the wrong word, but my god that’s some fancy legalese.
    At no point did he actually say that they weren’t backing him. All he did was say that they aren’t giving him financial backing so he won’t sign with the Chargers. He didn’t say they aren’t paying him, just that their motive isn’t to prevent him from signing and also that he isn’t bad with money. Awfully bold to demand a retraction when you’re splitting hairs. Just come out and say “They aren’t giving him any money, whatsoever” if that’s what you mean. Don’t couch it in other terms or try to dance around it.
    Just say “They aren’t giving him money. That’s what the report said and it’s wrong. We want them to admit they’re wrong.” Boom. Done.
    Did he do that? Nope. You know what that means? It’s 100% accurate.

  17. Cake Or Death says: Aug 30, 2010 8:21 PM

    Wow, these guys are pathetic. First of all, the UT was far from the first publication to report on this. This is obviously just a media tactic by these agents to drum up support by playing the victim.

  18. YourJustJealous says: Aug 30, 2010 8:23 PM

    Some of you people need to really take a long look at each of your lives.
    To come on these topics and constantly point out typos, and basic mistakes like you wrote the Websters dictionary is sad, sad, sad.
    Why don’t you people get a hobby, girlfriend, job, or something. You need something to fill the pathetic life you are living.
    So to all you professors, please take your self imagined “smarter than thou” pathetic bodies and go sit in the corner and STFU

  19. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 8:34 PM

    Jackson’s high profile attorneys sent a blunt and forceful message to the media legal staff. “Take it back!”.
    After much counsel and professional deliberation, the collective legal talent formulated a reply, “Can’t make me!”.

  20. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 8:34 PM

    Jackson’s high profile attorneys sent a blunt and forceful message to the media legal staff. “Take it back!”.
    After much counsel and professional deliberation, the collective legal talent formulated a reply, “Can’t make me!”.

  21. BigBear123 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:37 PM

    Jackson was arrested for DUI twice.
    He was speeding to a regular season game and driving without a license. Vehicle was towed.
    I think he is doing a good enough job on his own of making himself look bad.
    He should’ve just smacked his GF around like Brandon did.

  22. Anarcho Purplism says: Aug 30, 2010 8:43 PM

    PR Stunt & funny
    The golden egg may be getting to big…….not funny.
    @Florio
    “Then again, threatening to sue the publication may not be the best way to get the Union-Tribune to see Jackson’s side of the broader story.”
    Yea…yea…..he broke rule #1: never attack the media. The media wants to say whatever it wants, whenever it wants. Screw that rule.

  23. cliffcla says: Aug 30, 2010 8:43 PM

    Let me get this strait… His Agents are not denying “loaning” money to Jackson. But instead are upset because the artical could potentially cause difficulty in achieving a new contract. Someone needs to tell that agent to Chill….

  24. Calir says: Aug 30, 2010 8:55 PM

    I bet it’s not far from the truth. Professional NBA and Football players seem to be moronic with their money.

  25. Chiefs2010 says: Aug 30, 2010 8:55 PM

    Percy Hedac (Whatever)
    __________
    law school’s the most overrated advanced degree there is.. India will have all the associate work in a decade.

  26. nottrying says: Aug 30, 2010 9:05 PM

    Well he certainly aint getting any money from the Chargers….

  27. canadian chargers fan says: Aug 30, 2010 9:24 PM

    So, the same reporter also said that Jackson was asking for the 5 years, 50 mil. His agent said that was a lie too but the lawyer doesn’t mention it.
    This makes me think the story about his contract demands was bang on.

  28. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: Aug 30, 2010 9:39 PM

    YourJustJealous says:
    August 30, 2010 8:23 PM
    Some of you people need to really take a long look at each of your lives.
    To come on these topics and constantly point out typos, and basic mistakes like you wrote the Websters dictionary is sad, sad, sad.
    Why don’t you people get a hobby, girlfriend, job, or something. You need something to fill the pathetic life you are living.
    ______________________
    That’s pretty funny coming from a guy who’s very handle contains a typo.
    There’s nothing “pathetic” about proper spelling and grammar.

  29. db3300 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:49 PM

    “unless any of you have gone to law school, you have no idea what you are talking about and should shut up”
    GFY.

  30. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: Aug 30, 2010 9:53 PM

    Oops. Hahaha. Make that “whose very handle…” Mea culpa!

  31. ique says: Aug 30, 2010 10:03 PM

    Mr. Saban and now Mr. Florios conjuring up the imagery of a pimp/prostitute to describe the relationship between, what always seems to be an African-American Athlete and his agent, is offensive and stereotypical; not to mention it seems to indicate an ignorance that is jaw dropping.
    You do realize that the agent WORKS FOR THE ATHLETE. It seems that these two, and ALL of those 3rd shift workers that will surely rebut this post, can’t for the life of them see a young Black man as a successful businessman…….and BOSS!!

  32. quadya says: Aug 30, 2010 10:18 PM

    stay classy V Jax….

  33. Icantadd says: Aug 30, 2010 10:20 PM

    Ty Redofbuck says:
    “Unless of course the San Diego Chargers are just playing media games with players so that they don’t have to pay them big contract extensions. See Ladainian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison, Drew Brees and Shawn Merriman.”
    _________________________________
    I’m pretty sure that Philip Rivers’ deal and, more recently, Antonio Gates’ deal contradict that notion.
    San Diego has a problem offering big contract extensions to players that might not be worth it.
    Junior Seau was traded in 2003, after a season in which he posted career-low numbers and had injury problems with his ankle.
    Rodney Harrison was released the same year, and while it mostly was due to clear up salary cap space, the year before he only had two interceptions and missed three games due to injury.
    Drew Brees destroyed his shoulder right before his contract expired, and most doctors predicted he could never regain form. San Diego actually did offer him a very lucrative deal, 5-years/$50 million, but it was almost all incentive based. Brees wanted more guaranteed money. The deal he signed with New Orleans (6-years/$60 million) averaged out to what he could have made in San Diego, seeing as most of the incentives in their offer were based on games played.
    Tomlinson received a huge extension after his rookie deal (I don’t know the exact numbers but prior to restructuring in 2009, he was due to make $24 million from 2009-2011.) Everyone saw how poorly he performed the past two years; it’s nonsense to suggest he was worth the money they were paying him when it happened.
    Merriman will not get a big deal done until he proves he has recovered from his injuries and that he can still be an effective player without taking steroids, neither of which he has done. I can guarantee that if he goes out and has a 10+sack season with 100+ tackles, he is going to get a deal consistent with other top-tier linebackers.
    I am begging all of you, PLEASE stop suggesting that San Diego doesn’t know what it’s doing with it’s players if you don’t follow them extensively enough to know what’s what; there is more than enough history to prove they do.

  34. StevieMo says: Aug 30, 2010 10:43 PM

    Implied, not inferred, Mr. Stupid L.A. Attorney….

  35. LightningLucci says: Aug 30, 2010 10:51 PM

    Skitt’s Law strikes again.

  36. JetReaper says: Aug 30, 2010 10:51 PM

    These Wanna-Be “Agents” are pure CLOWNS…
    “The Firm”….lol
    Watch as their clients get drafted rounds later than expected.

  37. pigsty says: Aug 30, 2010 10:57 PM

    1. It’s a poorly written, barely readable, marginally informative article. If that’s the Union-Tribune standard for journalism, it’s a wonder their subscribers don’t regularly “sue” for fraud and/or impersonating a newspaper.
    2. Articles don’t infer. Readers do.
    3. The only thing I could ‘infer’ from the article: Kevin Acee is stealing money.

  38. Rhapsody says: Aug 30, 2010 10:59 PM

    Kevin Acee is a tool for the Chargers. He always has been.

  39. Rhapsody says: Aug 31, 2010 12:01 AM

    Vincent Jackson and Derelle Revis have the same agents. Both are holding out. Coincidence? I think not. In the future, some GMs will be avoiding players in the draft who sign with those agents. It’s a shame how some greedy unreasonable agents screw up the careers of players who believe their crap.

  40. HiHoTheFlorio says: Aug 31, 2010 12:50 AM

    Every damn article!
    “the report also potentially creates, IN OUR VIEW, a sense that Schwartz and Feinsod fall into the Nick Saban “pimp” club, paying anyone and everyone now if it means making more money later.”
    Come on, Florio!! It’s YOUR view! Man up and claim your opinions!
    It pisses me off that you think your readers are that ignorant.

  41. TheSleepness says: Aug 31, 2010 1:07 AM

    vincent jackson holding out is a joke..what leverage does he have? WR is a dime-a-dozen position…sucks you worked your whole life to get to the NFL just to blow it by hiring two leeches looking out not for you but for their % they make off of you.

  42. OntBoltFan says: Aug 31, 2010 1:20 AM

    Ty Redofbuck says:
    August 30, 2010 7:26 PM
    Unless of course the San Diego Chargers are just playing media games with players so that they don’t have to pay them big contract extensions. See Ladainian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison, Drew Brees and Shawn Merriman.
    The circumstances for each one are different but the trend from the Chargers front office and the San Diego Union Tribune remains the same. Make the player out to be a villain so we can justify treating them like garbage.
    —————
    LT got a big extension, he made $5M last year. He was cut. Junior and Rodney wouldn’t renegotiate their bloated contracts to match their declining play and were released the same. They both signed with NE for $Ms less. Brees was offered a performance based contract from SD but signed with NO for a longer term deal coming off of shoulder surgery. The year before he made 8+M on the franchise tag.
    Merriman is making $3M this year still coming back from ACL surgery.
    So what are you talking about? The players all left for their own reasons which is business. The SDUT is usually partial also.

  43. fatalist says: Aug 31, 2010 1:41 AM

    1. “Now immersed in the morass . . . ”
    Isn’t morass what Rothlesberger is looking for?
    2. Why does Vincent Jackson need agents (pl.)? Isn’t one agent capable of doing the job?

  44. cowboyjesc says: Aug 31, 2010 2:50 AM

    “i’ll gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today ” !!

  45. nigel_hugginsworth says: Aug 31, 2010 6:05 AM

    The San Diego Union Tribune hardly constitutes as a newspaper. Next Jackson is going to have his lawyers go after The Onion.

  46. Rhapsody says: Aug 31, 2010 8:19 AM

    Maybe Kevin Acee can be traded to PFT for a doucebag to be named later.

  47. 420fan says: Aug 31, 2010 9:22 AM

    Stay Classy Sandy Eggo! Powder blue pansies

  48. dflyn003 says: Aug 31, 2010 4:29 PM

    HAHA Rothlesberger looking for morass… best comment of the whole list!!!!

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