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Brees could be out of luck in effort to sue Houser

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Last night, our newest arrival pointed out that Drew Brees is the newest Saints to sue former long snapper Kevin Houser for his role in a tax-credit investment scam that blew up in everyone’s face.

Brees filed his claim for $160,000 on Monday, after coach Sean Payton settled his lawsuit against Houser and on the same day word emerged that former Saints defensive coordinator and former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey — who at one point ripped Houser mercilessly on Twitter — also have settled their claims.

Per the Associated Press, former Saints defensive end Charles Grant has a pending lawsuit against Houser.  Other victims included former Saints linebacker Scott Shanle, former Saints punter Mitch Berger, and former Saints quarterback Archie Manning.

The controversy prompted the Saints to cut Houser in 2009, after eight years with the team and at the front end of the franchise’s only Super Bowl season.

Here’s the problem for Brees.  Sooner or later, Houser is going to run out of money.  It’s also possible that Brees, who filed his suit nearly four years after word of the scam first emerged, has run out of time, based on the applicable statute of limitations.

Regardless, it appears Brees has decided to move now in light of the reality that others like Payton were getting paid.  As a legal and/or practical matter, Brees simply may be too late.

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17 Responses to “Brees could be out of luck in effort to sue Houser”
  1. sb44champs says: Jun 11, 2013 8:22 AM

    Brees already has enough money to fill a coupe of Brinks trucks anyway..

  2. bunjy96 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:27 AM

    Tsk Tsk Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    Maybe someone needs to give him an explanation.

  3. mp42245 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:41 AM

    And then again,

    And then again, maybe Louisiana laws are different from West Virginia laws.

  4. gotampabay52 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:22 AM

    Aww so sorry couldnt happen to a better person trying get greedy

  5. nfloracle says: Jun 11, 2013 9:24 AM

    … like Brees needs more money anyway.

  6. lightcleric says: Jun 11, 2013 10:02 AM

    I know a lot of people think this looks silly, super rich Brees suing over a couple hundred thousand, but just because the people Houser scammed were rich doesn’t mean he’s any less of a dirtbag.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 11, 2013 10:17 AM

    A lack of justice, no, not in America! Say it ain’t so Florio, say it ain’t so!

    Well say whatever you want I guess cause this is a totally free country, free to say whatever you want and free to screw whoever you want as long as you stay one step ahead while playing the game.

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jun 11, 2013 10:43 AM

    Could we all please agree to stop with the Drew Brees needs an explanation stuff?
    It seriously was never funny in the first place and now it’s just flat out ridiculous.

  9. mdd913 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    So you all just believe Brees should just let some dude steal $160,000 from him and not do a thing?

    And if I hear one more ignorant “Brees is greedy” post I might go nuclear meltdown. That supposedly “greedy” person has given more to charities and supported so many causes and continues to do so with not only his money, but also his time.

    What have you done to help your fellow man? Hmm?

  10. CKL says: Jun 11, 2013 11:32 AM

    lightcleric says:
    Jun 11, 2013 10:02 AM
    I know a lot of people think this looks silly, super rich Brees suing over a couple hundred thousand, but just because the people Houser scammed were rich doesn’t mean he’s any less of a dirtbag.
    _______________________________
    Yep. I can’t stand Brees, and yes he’s extremely wealthy but really??? Just because someone is wealthy means it’s ok to cheat them? Sad that people have that mindset.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    Having recently successfully sued his grandmother for the time he slipped on a loose stair tile while staying at her home 21 years ago, Drew is confident that this one is a gimme.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:27 PM

    This is the same guy who sued his own mother, so you know he has no problem sticking it to someone else.

  13. saintssoaring2012 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:37 PM

    I think mdd913, is one of the only ones making any sense. So what if he has money,it is the principal of the matter. I am a die hard SAINTS fan,and I will admit the whole” bounty” thing,the team was wrong. Now on the other side,they just got caught doing what every team has done or is doing. Does that make it right? No,but they paid for what they did. Although many players from other teams were saying,they did it also. Basically it was an unsanctioned pay for performance program. Anyway my point is,they did wrong and had to pay,why should Brees not be able to try to right a wrong, someone committed against him? One more thing. People need to stop with the SAINTS are cheaters,the are not and even if they wanted to cheat,they couldn’t. They will be picked apart for years to come. WHO DAT!!!!

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    The first thing a guilty party does when they are caught doing something is to use the “well, everyone else does it” defense, when it’s never true that everyone else does what you got busted for doing.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jun 11, 2013 10:43 AM

    Could we all please agree to stop with the Drew Brees needs an explanation stuff?
    It seriously was never funny in the first place and now it’s just flat out ridiculous.
    ————

    Oh yes it was funny, and still is.

  16. mrpowers88 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:13 PM

    I agree that Brees is in the right for trying to get his money back, but he is not exactly in the clear here. The reason he gave this man money was for tax credits so he could end up paying less in taxes than he normally would have for the millions he was earning at the time. So Saints fans that think the man can do no wrong (and that his farts don’t stink) can sit and think about that.

    I also can’t help but think that Brees is utilizing the litigation plan of an organization that will remain nameless where they/he wait for a sign that their opponent could be admitting to wrongdoing (i.e. settling w/ other parties) so they/he can swoop in with their own suit and try for a quick decision.

  17. fdugrad says: Jun 11, 2013 8:59 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me when I read articles along these lines. Why MUST pro football players invest in every HIGH RISK venture that comes down the pike? With the ungodly sums of money that come their way, has no honest, highly qualified investment firm or representative EVER demonstrated the magic of compound interest over say, twenty years, when money is placed in safe, conservative funds, and LEFT ALONE to grow? These kinds of greedy reaches into high-flying, speculative schemes pushed by locker room buds with little to no credible background in finances are the reason SO many former NFL players are broke quickly after their playing careers. Even if Brees ” wins,” what will he recoup AFTER lawyer’s fees?

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