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NFLPA certified agent who had been indicted for fraud

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The NFLPA’s recent effort to shine a light on the deficiencies with doctors who are bought and paid for by teams to treat players, while appropriate, also opens the door for similar scrutiny of the union.

Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports has strolled through that door, reporting that the NFLPA certified in 2012 an agent who at the time was under indictment for fraud.

Everette Scott was convicted last week of defrauding investors of more than $5 million.  Scott, per Getlin, was under indictment at the time the union re-certified agents following the 2011 lockout and NFLPA decertification.

While the quality of the union’s efforts to protect players against unscrupulous agents is an important issue, this looks and feels another example of the peddling of negative information by folks who have an agenda.  Getlin surely didn’t trip over these facts on his own; someone who has an axe to grind with Scott or the NFLPA surely was shopping it in order to stir up trouble.

When the NFLPA shut itself down in 2011 for strategic reasons, the regulation of agents ended.  Then, when the lockout ended and the union returned, all of the agents who had been certified became certified again.  Absent evidence that Scott defrauded players or that Scott at least was actually representing players during the time he was under indictment, does it really matter that the bulk process of flipping the switch back to “on” for hundreds of agents who needed to be recertified missed the fact that one of the agents had in the interim been indicted?

In a perfect world, the union would have spotted the information and refused to recertify Scott.  Without evidence that player interests were actually compromised, the fact that Scott slipped through the cracks was a small price to pay for the leverage that allowed the players to do a better deal than they would have gotten if they had remained unionized in the face of a lockout.

Significant questions linger regarding whether the quality of the deal the players did, especially in light of a salary cap that has been flat for three seasons.  For someone with an axe to grind against the union, that would be a far more relevant subject on which to stir up criticism and concern.  But, of course, that would require something slightly meatier than a superficial game of “gotcha” arising from a connect-the-dots timeline that ignores the broader circumstances.

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7 Responses to “NFLPA certified agent who had been indicted for fraud”
  1. finfanrod says: Feb 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    I’m either pro union or pro NFL. I just want football. However couldn’t the same be asked regarding the Chargers team doctor? Was any malpractice suit brought by a player or has any player complained? All this bickering is silly.

  2. mjkelly77 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    Everette Scott, just what a multimillionaire NFL player who possesses a room temperature IQ needs. Witness another bankruptcy in the making.

  3. mjkelly77 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:46 AM

    If the NFLPA was really proactive, annual recertifications would be mandatory. Use some of that big money the players pay in dues to protect them from themselves. Require formalized player feedback on audited returns from financial representatives. Compile the data so a player can see where his advisor stands in relation to his profession. Allow the players to see how they’re personally doing in relation to others.

    Oh, yeah … that might require additional oversight and actual work from Maurice Smith and he might actually have to earn his generous salary. Forget it. just continue to allow players to declare bankruptcy five years into retirement.

  4. sweep812 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:48 AM

    The article said the NFLPA was aware of this in February 2012 and he also filed bankruptcy and they still certified him with this information. I don’t think you read the entire article.

  5. mjkelly77 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    “Without evidence that player interests were actually compromised, the fact that Scott slipped through the cracks was a small price to pay for the leverage that allowed the players to do a better deal than they would have gotten if they had remained unionized in the face of a lockout.”
    ______________________

    That’s small consolation to someone who may have been ruined financially by Everette Scott.
    And how did allowing Scott to continue to represent players supply leverage? The two are mutually exclusive. The union decertifies, then recertifies. In the interim, the NFLPA recertifies Scott and all the others. It’s either laziness and non-caring on the part of the NFLPA or a terrible lack of quality control processes.

  6. CKL says: Feb 14, 2013 11:02 AM

    I’m just curious… has there ever been a single issue that De Smith’s position hasn’t been ” do as I say, not as I do”?

    I’d at least respect him if he took any responsibility for helping fix things that happen to his union members using the massive dues the union collects ostensibly for that very purpose.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 14, 2013 11:46 AM

    NFLPA executive is a rat haven that needs to be fumigated from top to bottom.

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