The Dallas Morning News points out that Bryant was sued last year for not paying for $293,000 in jewelry and more than $12,000 worth of sporting event tickets. In that lawsuit, Eleow Hunt claims that he sold the jewelry and tickets on credit to Bryant, starting in late December 2008 or January 2009.
This means that Bryant was collecting plenty of valuable stuff while he was still eligible to play college football at Oklahoma State.
The loan apparently was arranged by Bryant’s adviser, David Wells. Hunt claims that Wells said Bryant “needed the jewelry, tickets and loan money to show Bryant that he could perform as his agent and to keep him from listening to other agents’ offers.” (Wells isn’t Bryant’s agent for the purposes of his football contract.)
Bryant could settle both cases when he receives a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2011 league year. Of course, the 2011 league year won’t begin until the lockout ends.
Meanwhile, how is the Wells-Bryant case any different that the Reggie Bush situation?
At least we now know why the NCAA was sniffing around Bryant in 2009.