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Agent faces multiple federal charges, including murder for hire

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An extensive federal crackdown that has targeted California state senator also has resulted in multiple charges against an Oakland-based NFLPA-certified agent.

According to CBS SF, Marlon D. Sullivan faces allegations of narcotics and weapons trafficking, and the sale of fraudulent credit cards.  Sullivan also is accused of helping facilitate a murder-for-hire scheme.

According to NFLPA records, Sullivan currently represents Packers running back Ina Liaina, 49ers receiver Brandon Carswell, free-agent receiver Cole McKenzie, free-agent cornerback Traye Simmons, free-agent defensive tackle Aaron Tipoti, free-agent safety Kenronte Walker, and draft-eligible defensive back Terrance Mitchell.

Sullivan, who also briefly represented Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in January, works for The Novo Agency, which is run by veteran agent Jeff Sperbeck.  Sperbeck faces no charges or allegations of any kind.

In the criminal complaint issued against 26 total defendants, Sullivan reportedly is quoted by an undercover FBI agent as saying murder for hire is “easy work” and “I will put eyes on the guy and have my boy knock him down.”

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  1. footballtalk1 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:30 PM

    Someone with ties to the NFL tied to criminal activity. Say it isn’t so…

  2. doe22us says: Mar 27, 2014 9:30 PM

    No name clients lets move on please…

  3. mrbigass says: Mar 27, 2014 9:33 PM

    Made for TV movie?

  4. PFTISNOTREALITY says: Mar 27, 2014 9:33 PM

    Whoa! The NFL wasn’t exciting enough for you?

  5. redfield11 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:34 PM

    If all his players are free-agents, and we’ve never heard of them… I’m just saying I can see why he tried a different line of business

  6. 1pwrightt says: Mar 27, 2014 9:34 PM

    Maybe he can represent Aaron Hernandez in prison.

  7. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Mar 27, 2014 9:35 PM

    This sounds straight out of the Hollywood. Like Jerry McGuire meets Breaking Bad

  8. GenXJay says: Mar 27, 2014 9:37 PM

    what a poser. those players above need a real gangsta agent with street cred…someone like jay-z.
    yeeeeah, Jay-z wuld b better yo…smh.

  9. raynman49 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:37 PM

    Judging by his clients, he’s a better criminal than an agent.

  10. primenumber19 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:38 PM

    Only in the nfl

  11. thesmartest1 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:38 PM

    Agent for who again?

  12. Ferdinand says: Mar 27, 2014 9:41 PM

    I’d make a sleazy agent joke here, but it is just too easy.

    But you do have to question his skills as an agent if he only handles clients no one has heard of.

  13. howiefeltersnatch says: Mar 27, 2014 9:44 PM

    The state senator is a democrat. You won’t see what written anywhere.

  14. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:44 PM

    Sullivan apparently has other athletes in his stable that hit a little harder than NFL players.

  15. tinopuno says: Mar 27, 2014 9:47 PM

    “Sullivan reportedly is quoted by an undercover FBI agent as saying murder for hire is “easy work” and “I will put eyes on the guy and have my boy knock him down.”
    ——
    What Marlon didn’t take into account was that ‘his boy’…Aaron something-or-other…would not be available because he had a previous lengthy commitment in Massachusetts.

  16. hurricanegrabowski says: Mar 27, 2014 9:48 PM

    Was this guy Sam Hurd’s agent or something?

  17. xpensivewinos says: Mar 27, 2014 9:49 PM

    Judging by his clients, he’s a better criminal than an agent.

    —————————————————-
    At the moment, it would be appear to be a tie.

  18. chawk12thman says: Mar 27, 2014 9:49 PM

    He was just trying to expand his cliental and get them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Good job by Law Enforcement…..

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 27, 2014 9:50 PM

    Small time agent, two-bit hustler….
    Probably couldn’t have actually made it happen. Just trying to hustle the guy.
    Pretty much a small caliber loser….

  20. bonerznpudz says: Mar 27, 2014 9:52 PM

    I only knew one of those football players and he’s not even in the NFL yet.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 27, 2014 9:52 PM

    As an agent, there is nothing Marlon won’t do for you……

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 27, 2014 9:53 PM

    In an odd turnabout, the players will call their agent in jail and try to arrange bail for him.

  23. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 27, 2014 9:54 PM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

  24. fluffybunny74 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:54 PM

    And they call this the No Fun League? Pshaw.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 27, 2014 9:56 PM

    Grill him about Jimmy Hoffa.

  26. germanvampire says: Mar 27, 2014 9:57 PM

    Everyone knows that agents (who is presumably an attorney) representing union members have the highest ethical standards.

  27. raiderapologist says: Mar 27, 2014 10:00 PM

    Oakland based, but no Raider clients? He’s not even trying.

  28. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Mar 27, 2014 10:00 PM

    Daniel Day Lewis as Roger Goodell.

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 27, 2014 10:03 PM

    Just because he doesn’t have many high profile clients doesn’t mean this isn’t still a serious and relevant topic that should be treated with a great deal of respect and concern. We don’t even know the details as to if and how many people might have died or had their lives ruined by crossing paths with this agent and his cohorts. Most agents don’t have a lot of high profile clients as there are only a few of those and there’s a lot more non-stars than stars to service. And there’s the looming concern of who else involved in the NFL might be currently getting away with horrible crimes. In any event this is not a time for the jokes. Let’s get the facts and find out the details and take this news seriously and hope the NFL is also serious about what kind of people they want associated with their business.

  30. lostsok says: Mar 27, 2014 10:06 PM

    Hmmmm…you can’t block, catch, pass, or kick, and you ran the 40 in 8.00 flat…but you’re handy with a side arm? Sure…I’ll be your agent.

  31. keltictim says: Mar 27, 2014 10:07 PM

    Is the ties into the congressman that was arrested for gun trafficking and money laundering with the gangster known as shrimp boy? I remember seeing shrimp boy on one of those gangland shows years ago on the triads and thinking to myself this guy is faker than Kim ks’ chest. Come to find out he’s a scary real gangster. Shrimp boy. Man did he strike out in the gangster nick name category.

  32. needlescane says: Mar 27, 2014 10:13 PM

    Wow…….

  33. bennyb82 says: Mar 27, 2014 10:14 PM

    Bad timing. He has a long list of running backs looking for odd jobs.

  34. billygoat says: Mar 27, 2014 10:16 PM

    Saul’s return

  35. jimmysee says: Mar 27, 2014 10:16 PM

    The Packers got an offer they could not refuse when they signed Ina Liaina.

  36. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 27, 2014 10:23 PM

    I have long thought that Agents were behind the drug trafficking and addiction problems in Professional sports. They occupy the easiest perch to steal and siphon off those athletes. I still believe they are the principle xulprits who hook them up with drug contacts, prostitutes and all manner of illicit relationships. The vast majority of athletes don’t come out of High School or college with those kind of networks or relationships. I believe this is but the tip of a very ugly pyramid. And it works identically to the way it does in all entertainment business.

  37. pencilfart says: Mar 27, 2014 10:25 PM

    Democrats…SMH.

  38. kwjsb says: Mar 27, 2014 10:31 PM

    He should represent the Ravens players.

  39. ncbengalmike says: Mar 27, 2014 10:32 PM

    Sweet clip art

  40. goldrush36 says: Mar 27, 2014 10:36 PM

    raynman49 says:
    Mar 27, 2014 9:37 PM
    Judging by his clients, he’s a better criminal than an agent.
    __________________________________
    LOL now if only he hadn’t got caught.

  41. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 27, 2014 10:37 PM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

  42. maiphatdong says: Mar 27, 2014 10:38 PM

    oakland…nuff said

  43. raiderssf says: Mar 27, 2014 10:41 PM

    This is big time news out here in the Bay Area. If you read the indictment, it reads like a movie like Donnie Brasco. It has it all, crooked politicians, gangsters, Philippino Muslim Rebels, guns and drugs.

  44. fbwangus8736 says: Mar 27, 2014 10:43 PM

    Thought for a minute this might be about Jay Z !

  45. oldcracker says: Mar 27, 2014 10:45 PM

    Again, who’s the agent for Ray Lewis? Pacman Jones? Donte Stallworth? Rae Carruth?………

  46. flyboy69 says: Mar 27, 2014 10:54 PM

    NFL, Not For Long as an Agent///

  47. j0esixpack says: Mar 27, 2014 11:01 PM

    If I were him I’d plead ignorance.

    I mean, I’m sure if he knew there were a rule or law against all of that he wouldn’t have done it.

  48. doggeatdogg says: Mar 27, 2014 11:01 PM

    Being an agent is hard ya’ll.

  49. matt24bucs says: Mar 27, 2014 11:04 PM

    It seems as though in today’s NFL, this will go down as “street cred”— as repulsive as that is….

  50. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 27, 2014 11:07 PM

    Someone with ties to the Green Bay Packers tied to criminal activity, say it ain’t so…

  51. titansbro says: Mar 27, 2014 11:11 PM

    Literally never heard on any of his clients & I follow the NFL pretty damn close. Too funny. Definitely a dark comedy type movie script in there somewhere.

  52. akboot says: Mar 27, 2014 11:11 PM

    Goodell going to find a way to fine this guy too?

  53. micknangold says: Mar 27, 2014 11:12 PM

    doe22us says: Mar 27, 2014 9:30 PM

    No name clients lets move on please…

    How is that relevant?

  54. jayniner says: Mar 27, 2014 11:14 PM

    They were all tied in to Leland Yee, a California Legislator, along with 3 other Democrat Legislators who have been arrested in California since January…..and there are many more arrests coming between now and November.

  55. mrneto72 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:18 PM

    He is not from Oakland, he is from Tracy CA…I sure hope he does serious time..

  56. raiderapologist says: Mar 27, 2014 11:23 PM

    maiphatdong says: Mar 27, 2014 10:38 PM

    oakland…nuff said
    ——-
    The daily award for laziness goes to this guy.

  57. bcdc26 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:29 PM

    Maybe he’s a “secret” agent who is supposed to kill people

  58. badmoonrison says: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 PM

    Actually, if you think about it, being an agent and being a criminal arent that far apart on the vocational spectrum.

  59. babygaga19 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:41 PM

    To protect the Shield, Goodell will now ban all agents and the players will have to negotiate their deals by themselves.

  60. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 28, 2014 12:15 AM

    this is exactly why the federal government needs to step in and place limits on everything from ticket prices to player salary. no athlete should earn 20 million per year when our teachers and police are barely able to keep their jobs because of budget cuts

  61. madmikepromo says: Mar 28, 2014 12:49 AM

    Damn lol! This sounds like he worked for the MOB

  62. longislandblitz says: Mar 28, 2014 12:59 AM

    National Felony League

  63. claimersays says: Mar 28, 2014 1:21 AM

    Aaron Hernandez is on the look for a new agent

  64. rukkus1 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:10 AM

    Imagine that… A politician who is a gun control advocate, is also trafficking guns…

    and someone contacted to the nfl with ties to criminal activity…

  65. dontcensormebro says: Mar 28, 2014 3:31 AM

    This is a major story. Everything from the murder-for-hire claims to a major gun control advocate, State Senator Leland Yee, being accused of trying to buy loads of weapons like RPGs from Muslim extremists. It’s, like others have said, straight out of a movie script.

  66. joetoronto says: Mar 28, 2014 4:28 AM

    Serial killers and rapists run rampant in the NFL, but you can’t dunk the ball.

  67. dawgturd says: Mar 28, 2014 6:26 AM

    When keeping it real goes wrong….

  68. thebirdsareback says: Mar 28, 2014 6:46 AM

    This is crazy. Eff a Made for TV. I want a full length cinema version of this fella. What a piece of work he must be. He’s gonna get totally screwed in jail

  69. craigkintexas says: Mar 28, 2014 7:30 AM

    I don’t believe it! Someone involved with NFLPA is suspected of foul play????

  70. dbdcrewmatt says: Mar 28, 2014 8:11 AM

    Better call Saul.

  71. commonsensedude says: Mar 28, 2014 8:23 AM

    He also represented such high profile clients as Andrew Huckleberry from the Western Southern Central University of Fiji. This guy was big time!!

  72. kozmo50 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:47 AM

    “According to NFLPA records, Sullivan currently represents Packers running back Ina Liaina, 49ers receiver Brandon Carswell, free-agent receiver Cole McKenzie, free-agent cornerback Traye Simmons, free-agent defensive tackle Aaron Tipoti, free-agent safety Kenronte Walker, and draft-eligible defensive back Terrance Mitchell”.

    Guilty, Guilty, Guilty………

  73. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 28, 2014 8:56 AM

    Sure, he’s not perfect, but his players weren’t dunking over the crossbar!

  74. conormacleod says: Mar 28, 2014 9:28 AM

    I don’t know. This script sounds like it could use a rewrite. Boost it up with at least one name we have heard of, and throw in some gratuitous violence and nudity. Then maybe it’s a rental.

  75. thegreatsantini56 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:37 AM

    The FBI is doing the same thing in North Carolina having nabbed Charlotte’s mayor. If they contributed to the Obama Campaign they will skate.

  76. santolonius says: Mar 28, 2014 9:38 AM

    that’s almost enough to get him decertified by the players association.

  77. jeremy2020 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:59 AM

    Figured it would be Eugene Parker

  78. dmarado says: Mar 28, 2014 10:15 AM

    GOP circle-jerk, moving on.

  79. SparkyGump says: Mar 28, 2014 10:59 AM

    Show me the money!!!

  80. pftbro says: Mar 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    Hey, an agent has to make ends meet somehow…

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