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Bush still hasn’t coughed up his Heisman

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Earlier this month, Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show tracked down the whereabouts of the Heisman Trophy that Saints running back Reggie Bush supposedly forfeited last year.  Eventually, Pabst determined that the hard-to-find hardware was in storage at the San Diego Hall of Champions, and that Bush’s mother and stepfather, Denise and Lamar Griffin, had “loaned” the Hall of Champions the item in March 2011, months after Reggie supposedly had committed to coughing up the trophy.

Now, SportsByBrooks.com reports that the Heisman remains at the Hall of Champions, that the Hall of Champions is no closer to returning the Heisman to Bush or his family, and that Bush has decided he won’t return the Heisman to the Heisman Trophy Trust.

The fact that Bush recently spent the weekend in San Diego for a football camp and a cancer research benefit and didn’t take back the trophy and pack it in Styrofoam peanuts in a box bound for Manhattan seems to support the report.

“I was told Bush and the Griffins ‘loaned’ the trophy to the San Diego Hall of Champions to get it off their hands for the time being, treating the local museum as a safe deposit box of sorts,” Brooks writes.  “When Bush’s disgraced reputation eventually fades from everyday life, which if Bush’s recent, media-free SD weekend was any indication may have already happened, the Griffins will retake personal possession of the sacred bronze object to do with it what they please.”

At some point, that never-returned Heisman could fetch a pretty penny on the open market.  Which would go a long way toward paying the rent.  Which got Bush, his family, and USC into their current predicament in the first place.

But this is hardly about the money.  This is about Bush and his family having the power to do whatever they want, from brazenly taking money and benefits while Reggie was still playing for the Trojans to stubbornly refusing to repay money that allegedly was provided under the assumption that Bush would hire the benefactors to be his agents to even more stubbornly refusing to completely settle the litigation spawned by the situation to even more stubbornly refusing to admit that which ultimately became obvious.  All of which got Bush, his family, and USC into their current predicament in the first place.

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40 Responses to “Bush still hasn’t coughed up his Heisman”
  1. jjrs89 says: Jun 30, 2011 5:52 AM

    Give it to VY!

  2. hawk22207 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:00 AM

    Yes, Bush and his family “brazenly” took advantage of the free market economy. They traded his talents for goods and services. Perish the thought.

  3. mike2347 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:00 AM

    did u expect him to?really?

  4. imarques82 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:57 AM

    No, The Heisman is an individual award and he WAS the best player that year.

    They’ve already stripped him of the title as Heisman award winner it seems unnecessary to take the physical trophy back.

    It’s not like they are going to give that same trophy to some other player.

  5. vbe2 says: Jun 30, 2011 7:10 AM

    Of course the dirtbag should give it back, it doesn’t belong to him.

  6. Reggie's Bush says: Jun 30, 2011 7:10 AM

    Indian givers… NCAA has no power over Bush, you cannot tell someone what to do with their property.

  7. whatswiththehate says: Jun 30, 2011 7:31 AM

    “But this is hardly about the money. This is about Bush and his family having the power to do whatever they want, from brazenly taking money and benefits while Reggie was still playing for the Trojans to stubbornly refusing to repay money that allegedly was provided under the assumption that Bush would hire the benefactors to be his agents to even more stubbornly refusing to completely settle the litigation spawned by the situation to even more stubbornly refusing to admit that which ultimately became obvious.”
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    Sounds like Bush should be able to get a job working in the sports media. where “brazen behavior” is the norm.

    Also, what I find so funny is how the corporate backed sports media is always blaming the minority for the NCAA punishment of the institution and not the institution allowing the minority to do as they please..

  8. krow101 says: Jun 30, 2011 7:39 AM

    Only the schools, coaches, and mechandisers are allowed to profit from the efforts of these athletes. The lower classes need to know their place. This is Amerika.

  9. wvugrad00 says: Jun 30, 2011 7:59 AM

    RB should keep the Heisman, he was the best player that year.

    RB will always be the Heisman winner that year, and USC will always be the BcS champion as well regardless of how the NCAA wants to white wash the past.

  10. samoanjungle says: Jun 30, 2011 8:09 AM

    All that money can’t buy you integrity

  11. mrbigass says: Jun 30, 2011 8:10 AM

    He is an idiot wrapped in a moron………..

  12. harleyrider1973 says: Jun 30, 2011 8:10 AM

    taking money didnt make him a better player. He was the best that year and should keep the trophy.

  13. ac0117 says: Jun 30, 2011 8:13 AM

    Let him keep it d@mn he was the best player that year. USC already got stripped of its wins and has some hardcore sanctions

  14. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jun 30, 2011 8:18 AM

    It’s so easy to see. This is his M.O. He delays, denies, lies, and then stall some more and see if things blow over. Bush, give it back. Stop screwing around. People aren’t going to forget you were stripped of it. Consequences are a b!%@$.

  15. melonnhead says: Jun 30, 2011 8:19 AM

    Indian givers… NCAA has no power over Bush, you cannot tell someone what to do with their property.

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    Yeah OJ Simpson thought the same thing.

  16. melonnhead says: Jun 30, 2011 8:21 AM

    Only the schools, coaches, and mechandisers are allowed to profit from the efforts of these athletes.

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    Sure, if you don’t count getting a college education for no out-of-pocket expense as a “profit”.

  17. powderedme says: Jun 30, 2011 8:29 AM

    “Bush still hasn’t coughed up his Heisman”

    How did he manage to swallow that thing to begin with?

  18. joesphkerr says: Jun 30, 2011 9:03 AM

    Would it not be great in this day of lawsuits, to see the Heisman Trophy Trust sue him to get it back. With him more than likely getting cut by the Saints, and not getting anywhere what he thinks he is worth ( sorry Reggie, pr/kr don’t make that kind of money has a freatured back, which you are not), I am sure he would then have to give it back.

  19. dg0122 says: Jun 30, 2011 9:06 AM

    he didnt deserve it in the first place… VY should have won it along with the crystal football…

  20. biggerballz says: Jun 30, 2011 9:13 AM

    the trash doesn’t fall far from the bin.

  21. mavajo says: Jun 30, 2011 9:26 AM

    Good for Bush. The NCAA is is a corrupt sack of crap. They make millions off of kids, and then villify those same kids if they try to make a few bucks. Screw ‘em.

    Bush should send’em a bronze relief of his middle finger.

    All we hear about is how awesome America is because of the free and open market — oh, except in the NCAA. The millions are only allowed to go one way there.

  22. forthelove says: Jun 30, 2011 9:27 AM

    All of this would be a non-issue if the players could get a fair payment for all the money they bring in to the NCAA.

  23. danj3678 says: Jun 30, 2011 9:46 AM

    They should make a new trophy if they want to give it to someone else. The trophy (as valuable and nice as it is) is only the symbol of the award. That trophy will always be Reggie’s no matter whose mantle it ends up on. I wouldn’t want it and I would say let him keep it. Who cares!!!! If it really is all about the ‘aware’ then forget the trophy make a new one and give it to the deserving party.

  24. WingT says: Jun 30, 2011 10:15 AM

    Does he have to give it back? It’s not like people are going to love him again if he gives it back – he’s made his bed

  25. addict2sport says: Jun 30, 2011 10:36 AM

    What predicament is Bush and his family in? They got off with hardly a scratch. USC’s current roster, who had nothing to do with him taking money, is who is stuck in a predicament. Thanks to the greed of Bush and his family. Reggie and his family and no integrity. Karma is a bitch. We’ll see how his NFL career ultimately plays out.

  26. jbcommonsense says: Jun 30, 2011 11:04 AM

    These two matters are not directly connected. Bush wrongly took money while playing college football; both he and USC should be penalized.

    But Bush was given the Heisman because he was considered the best player under consideration. That is a historic fact. Same thing with Pete Rose: sure, ban him from managing ever again, but nobody has more hits in baseball history; let him into the baseball Hall of Fame.

    These are history’s judgments.

  27. harpoo51 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:09 AM

    Who cares if he keeps it or not? The Heisman quit being relevant years ago. I mean, my God, they gave the damn thing to the likes of Gino Toretta and Andre Ware. Some great careers they went on to have.

  28. bringbacktheflex says: Jun 30, 2011 11:21 AM

    Harp, I agree with you. The Heisman hasn’t been relevent to “the best college player” ever. It’s always been about the most hyped QB or RB, period.

    I have no stats in front of me on this, but I’d venture to say that it’s a 50-50 shot that the “best college player” even makes an ink stain in the NFL.

  29. villagementality says: Jun 30, 2011 11:22 AM

    Collage athletes are NOT ENTITLED to receive ANY financial compensation for playing college athletics. AMATEUR v PRO. It’s very simple. No more excuses for them being poor, taking care of their family yada yada yada….

    These AMATEUR athletes already receive compensation many in upwards of the$ 100,000 depending on the school. If you don’t want to get a college education, don’t play college ball.

    Bush and his piece of crap family should do the right thing and return the trophy. If they have any sense of decency or desire to salvage any sense of ethical duty and character they will do so. Not holding my breath though.

    Until we start holding people and institutions (including NCAA) accountable for bad behavior or not confronting such and acting on it we will continue to breed unethical, morally deficit characters that our young people will unfortunately look up to as role models.

  30. bringbacktheflex says: Jun 30, 2011 11:24 AM

    Vince Young, Matt Leinhart, Reggie Bush all were vying for the “best college player”. I think between the three of them there might be one alternate pro-bowler accolade.

    I know it is a college award, but of the “best college player” can barely make a dent in the NFL then the rest of that draft class must really be crap – and that ain’t the case – which means the Heisman is bogus.

  31. waxthat says: Jun 30, 2011 11:26 AM

    is this collegefootballtalk.com? who cares..let it go.

  32. pacificamjr says: Jun 30, 2011 11:29 AM

    what a shocker, considering he’s such a classy guy otherwise.

    as another poster said earlier in the week, he will go to SEA and he will be awful

  33. phuckosu says: Jun 30, 2011 11:32 AM

    Typical. Can’t say I’m surprised. Entitlement is a mother

  34. rikkyt00 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:35 AM

    At the last moment, Bush should pawn the Heisman, And send the pawn ticket to Manhattan

  35. MichaelEdits says: Jun 30, 2011 12:19 PM

    No matter what happens, the Cherokee in me just laughs and laughs.

  36. prnandhomeless says: Jun 30, 2011 1:34 PM

    @villagementality while I agree that Reggie broke the rules, the NCAA is making an example out of him and OJ Mayo in a way that they rarely do to other college players.

    Frankly, a high school football player has NO OTHER OPTION than to go play in college if he wants to pursue a professional career. The NFL does not allow people to matriculate straight from High School, for better or for worse.

    And all the talk of amateur versus professional is not a true comparison. These “amateurs” are receiving a college education insofar as they usually are pushed through the easiest programs since playing college football is more or less a full time job. And while many of these “amateurs” are being handed fake degrees (if they even stay all 4 years – a lot of powerhouse football/basketball schools have terrible graduation rates for those athletes), the schools are making bank off of them.

    It’s not a fair system and something has to give. These athletes are not ENTITLED to make money, but the schools and NCAA shouldn’t be entitled to make money off of them either then.

    It’s indentured servitude. “You can come to our school, but you have to play football and make us money.”

    Also, if you don’t think Reggie made USC way more money than his tuition would’ve been, you’re kidding youself

  37. granadafan says: Jun 30, 2011 4:07 PM

    What else would you expect from a U$C guy? Everyone in LA has had the unfortunate experience of running into U$C alums or hangers on. They have a well-deserved reputation of having a massive sense of entitlement, very arrogant, living off daddy’s trust fund, etc.

  38. hawk22207 says: Jun 30, 2011 4:17 PM

    @Village:

    This is America. People are ENTITLED to profit when anyone willingly pays them for their services. Whether that violates NCAA regs is irrelevant. The NCAA is a private organization that acts like an actual government. It is not. I for one encourage anyone to earn a profit when and where they legally can. This is America.

  39. covercorner says: Jun 30, 2011 11:52 PM

    No! College football players should be paid.

  40. dan4rams says: Jul 1, 2011 5:42 AM

    Bush, should keep his trophy period. This fisaco, witch hunt to punish the Trojans and Bush over a few bucks and special favors; what ever. The colleges keep making millions, and millions over these young almost broke athletes. Year after year. We all know, that college is a farm club for the pro leagues and will be for the forseable future. It, is an absolute shame that any of these young athletes should go through this two faced system any longer. They, the colleges to wake up and join in the 21st century. It’s just wrong. Oh, hope the Presidents of all the colleges get a fat bonus check after all this is over. It is the American way.

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