Lamonte on McDaniels: “My word is my bond”

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Agent Bob Lamonte not only has fired Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels but also has gone on the record to make his former client look bad by essentially calling him a liar.

“My word is my bond,” Lamonte told Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal. “Once you break that, there’s nothing left.”

This is the latest example of Lamonte engaging in full-blown damage control, aimed at preserving his ability to do future wink-nod deals and, secondarily, to help insulate another client, Colts G.M. Chris Ballard, from scrutiny over the fiasco that resulted in McDaniels not becoming the head coach of the Colts.

Ballard’s position is simple: If McDaniels doesn’t truly want to be here, I don’t want him here. Why won’t Lamonte offer a similar shoulder-shrug explanation? Why can’t Lamonte — who has been in this business for years — appreciate the possibility that a guy who faced the moment of absolute clarity that comes from putting pen to paper realized that signing it and moving forward would be worse for everyone involved than not signing it at all?

Lamonte knows that, sometimes, deals don’t get done. Based on McDaniels’ consistent reluctance to leave New England (he flirted with the 49ers last year, to the point where he was lining up a coaching staff), Lamonte knew or should have known that McDaniels potentially was going to decide not to ultimately do the deal.

Indeed, if PFT was consistently and persistently hearing that McDaniels was having misgivings about the Colts, shouldn’t Lamonte have known that too? Shouldn’t he have cautioned his other client (Ballard) to not do anything to rely on the deal being done until it was done? Instead, Lamonte was telling folks in the media that it was all #fakenews.

Making Lamonte’s sanctimony even more phony is the fact that, just a matter of weeks ago, he negotiated for one client (Jon Gruden) a head-coaching contract that resulted in another client (Jack Del Rio) losing his job. Did Lamonte, whose “word is my bond,” do anything to let Del Rio know that he was getting a knife plunged into his back? And if Del Rio, who surely was a little freaked out by the Gruden chatter, asked Lamonte a direct question about whether he was negotiating with the Raiders about Gruden, did Lamonte admit it?

Plenty of people deserve blame regarding what happened with McDaniels and the Colts. But Lamonte shouldn’t be one of the people throwing stones on this one. He should be one of the people who are ducking.

41 responses to “Lamonte on McDaniels: “My word is my bond”

  1. Yep. It sure sounds like Lamonte is in serious CMA mode.

    He definitely owns at least some of the blame for this whole fiasco. He screwed up on behalf of both his clients.

  2. If he is so concerned with doing what is right, wouldn’t he see a conflict of interest by acting as the agent for both sides? I think he was more interested in getting a deal done (i.e. getting paid) than truly representing the needs of his client(s). Sounds like a typical, sleazy agent to me.

  3. I was told I had a job only to have the company close the position before an official offer came in. I was upset, but I understood this is how business works.Until something is final, it isn’t.

  4. Wow, publicly trashing your former client is a bad look for an agent. McDaniels isn’t likely to get many HC offers in the future, but I doubt future HCs are going to be pounding on Lamonte’s door to have him represent them.

  5. First of all, I have never met a good man whose word was NOT his bond.

    Secondly, you asked a question immediately after answering it… “This is the latest example of Lamonte engaging in full-blown damage control, aimed at preserving his ability to do future wink-nod deals…Why won’t Lamonte offer a similar shoulder-shrug explanation?”

  6. Which is worse? Declining to take a job after you verbally agreed? Or agreeing to be somebody’s agent, and then badmouthing that person using confidential information acquired while serving as their agent?

    Lamonte is committing an extreme breach of trust. Would you hire a guy who trashes his own clients and leaks their private information? I think you’d have to be crazy to do that.

  7. There is A LOT more to this than the media knows. There is no other explanation as to why the agent is going to DEFCON 5.

  8. He fired his client. And you think the agent was in the wrong? Who hired the assistant coaches? McDaniels interviewed almost a month ago with Indy and then a second time, in which I imagine in both interviews expressed interests in the job. What did his wife and children have to say after the initial interviews? My wife would have told me what was up before the last moment. He screwed the Colts and all of the families of the coaches who were hired and planned moving to Indy.

  9. If reports are true that McDaniels went to NE facilities this week to clear out his personal belongings, but was met by Belicheck and the Krafts who made him an offer that kept him in New England, then Lamonte probably wasn’t involved in that deal. I’m an attorney and if I have a client who goes out on his own to negotiate without my involvement, I’m pulling out of representing that client just like Lamonte did with McDaniels. You don’t want to be in a position where if something goes south, the blowback hits you despite your non-participation.

  10. Sorry, but I would do the exact same things if I was Lamonte. If McDaniels has shown to be as flaky as this article describes, then he deserves to be cut. As an agent, it’s not worth your reputation being tied to someone who clearly has a pattern of reneging on offers and has a fear of making a decision and sticking with it.

    Mcdaniels has every right to backtrack on his word. But that also means he has to own the baggage that comes with it.

  11. deuce22222 says:
    February 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    There is A LOT more to this than the media knows. There is no other explanation as to why the agent is going to DEFCON 5.
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    DEFCON 5 is normal peacetime status when there are no threats on the board.

  12. he flirted with the 49ers last year, to the point where he was lining up a coaching staff

    Big leap from lining assistants up to having the team hire them for a job they may not even have.
    This guy is a total d-bag.

  13. I am retired car salesman. I have heard that “my word is my bond” crap more times than I can count. It took me one day to figure that it was a way out. If you have no signature or no cash, they can just pound sand.

  14. Clear (an indefensible) conflict of interest on part of the agent. With that said, Mcdaniels not only broke his word, personally, he left the assistant’s out to dry. Now, if the assistants are not retained by the new head coach I’m sure they will be compensated but coaches want to coach and may be difficult for them to find jobs this season. Also, many may have already found homes and made plans to move themselves and their families.

  15. Lamonte as an agent for Ballard and McDaniels – in this scenario, he owes NOTHING to Ballard about McDaniels flaking. His job as Ballard’s agent is to get BALLARD A JOB/CONTRACT/ENDORSEMENTS – it is NOT to protect Ballard or help him with his work performance.

    Same goes for McDaniels.

    Del Rio asks him about Gruden? All you say is “I work for you and in your interests, like any other client. I get you a seat at the table, I don’t then, handle what you do once at the table.”

  16. The Colts were misrepresenting the Andrew Luck situation which was a huge factor to the guy looking to go there as HC. Its suddrnly gotten much more questionable whether that team will have their franchise qb next year, or ever. Im not sure how much the agent was involved in what the Colts were selling but I gotta think there was a chance McDaniels was about to fire the agent for trying to lead him down that path. So dumping before getting dumped has always bern a time honored sport.

  17. Funny things happen when you try to represent both sides on the same deal. I don’t understand how anyone could think that is a good idea.

  18. Put this not on Josh, who has a right to make a decision in his best interests, but on Indy. I’m a contractor. I don’t hire employees based on a bid. I do it after the deal is signed and I have the job. Things can always go south.

  19. Lamonte may have been justified in his acts, but I’ll say it again, the best agent is one that is rarely seen or heard publicly.

  20. Yeah the Colts lying about Luck’s condition for like the last 3 years has nothing to do with integrity. Irsay, Ballard and the corpses of Grigson and Pagano should all have lifetime bans from the league for detrimental conduct. Oh, and this Lamonte character playing both sides on multiple occasions should be booted too. Shady as hell.

  21. I don’t see a problem with an agent representing both sides nor do I see a problem with him getting Gruden a job at the expense of a client. That is just business. It isn’t the agents job to retain the job for the client but to get him the best job and deal he can. Del Rio got his shot and didn’t succeed, business goes on and his agent isn’t going to stop doing business because Del Rio can’t keep his job.

    Of course Lamonte is just doing PR damage control but lets not act like babies crying about how business is done. McDaniels showed himself as a snake, someone that is hard to work with and can’t be trusted. Isn’t worth dealing with at the expense of burning your own bridges. Again its business.

  22. I was once told I had a job. Done deal they told me. But I knew not to give notice until my name was on the contract. All of a sudden a better salesman became available and the next day, my future job was suddenly his. No tears from me. This is how things work at the big boy table. Word is my bond? Yeah, maybe until there is a better deal to be made. Grow up everyone and deal with it. Only ones who really got screwed here are perhaps the assistants, but sounds like they are still being taken care of, so calm down everyone.

  23. It’s hilarious that you seem mad at this guy for doing the right thing. His client made him look like a total jerk so he fired him. I would do the same thing and so would you

  24. Did Josh hire these guys? Or did Ballard and Indy? When did McDaniels have time to get these guys for his staff. I know he wanted the Pats quarterback coach, but what if he didn’t hire these guys and wanted to be involved in that process.

  25. Baloney Lamonte! Owners like Irsay, Spanos and Davis will betray decades old fans and bail out for money. Remember….it’s just business. Don’t elevate these people. They don’t deserve it. Your ‘word’..baloney. Your as bad a Goodell and the rest of the greedy owners. Your word….yeah right!

  26. Infrequently I agree with Florio on the overa tone and point of an analysis. Myself, I have been involved in highest state court cases.. In an earlier post I iterated that Ballard may well, or should, fire Lamonte as damaged goods because of his mouthy public comments. He’s an albatross around Ballard’s neck. But, Mr. Lamonte, you cannot unsay something. BTW, what has McDaniels said publicly in the last 24 hours? He has the proper restraint.

  27. Ballard’s position is simple: If McDaniels doesn’t truly want to be here, I don’t want him here. Why won’t Lamonte offer a similar shoulder-shrug explanation? Why can’t Lamonte — who has been in this business for years — appreciate the possibility that a guy who faced the moment of absolute clarity that comes from putting pen to paper realized that signing it and moving forward would be worse for everyone involved than not signing it at all?
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    Really? The answer to question #1 is because McD made his decision, told Lamonte and/or the Colts, started hiring assistance (Read: behaving as if the deal was made) and then reneged sullying Lamonte’s reputation along with his own. The predicament posed in question #2 is part of the decision-making process that he supposedly had already done prior to verbally consenting to the contract terms. Are things like honesty and integrity truly that foreign to some people? I couldn’t fathom ever doing something like this.

  28. weepingjebus says:
    February 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    Funny things happen when you try to represent both sides on the same deal. I don’t understand how anyone could think that is a good idea.
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    I agree with the principle here but I am not so sure it actually applies in this situation. The agent represented McD in his negotiations with Ballard and the Colts. He represented Ballard in HIS previous negotiations with Irsay/Colts. In THESE negotiations he wouldn’t have been representing Ballard in any way. I could be wrong

  29. Well, one thing we can be sure of with this fiasco…. the Niners sure dodged a bullet last year! Now baby Shanny has potentially baby Brady as his QB and McD gets to plan for pappa Brady’s retirement party in a year or two.

  30. Comsider this McDoodle defenders, a lawyer (agent) found his behavior so unethical he severed the relationship. A LAWYER.

  31. How do you know Lamonte didn’t get clarification from McDaniels before calling it fake news?

    Presuming is how fake news starts, and you are presuming Lamonte didn’t call McDaniels to get clarification.

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