Pat Dye, Jr. tells his side of the Combine cuffing story

Saturday morning, a trusted source told us that a high-profile agent had been cuffed and detained at the Scouting Combine.  Later in the day, another source told us essentially the same story, including the same name.  All the while, the high-profile agent denied it.

And the high-profile agent whose name never was revealed by us (or, as far as we can tell, by anyone else) has been vindicated.

As reported earlier today, agent Pat Dye, Jr. was handcuffed and detained in Indianapolis during the Scouting Combine.  PFT spoke with Dye and got the whole story, from Dye’s perspective.

Dye said that, on Thursday night, he and partner Jimmy Sexton were at dinner.  They heard from representatives of Under Armour, who invited them to the player hotel for the official signing of receiver Julio Jones’ marketing deal with the company.

Roughly 45 minutes later, Dye and Sexton arrived.  With them were James Denton, a long-time employee of Sexton’s firm (which recently merged with Dye’s), and Sexton’s corporate counsel, Rick Landrum.  The four men were met there by Under Armour personnel, and they were issued Under Armour credentials.  They headed straight to the Under Armour suite, remained there for roughly 15 minutes, and left the hotel.

Dye advises that the suite was not in a secure area, although the path to the Under Armour suite caused them to pass through a secure area.

Sexton and Landrum left in one cab, and Dye and Denton started to leave in another.  At that point, a police officer tapped on the window of the cab, asked Dye and Denton to get out, and handcuffed both of them.

They were escorted by the police officer and by a Combine security officer into a room at the hotel, where two Under Armour employees were detained as well, apparently for their role in issuing false credentials to Dye, Sexton, Denton, and Landrum.  Dye said that he at no time looked at the name (if any) on his credential, which was collected by Under Armour before the four men left the hotel.

Dye said that the police explained that he had been detained because he had entered a secure area under false pretenses, and thus that he committed criminal trespass.  He was interviewed for 45 minutes, and he was in custody for roughly three hours, from 11:15 p.m. until 2:15 a.m.

Dye explained that police explained he was being released because Dye had “told the truth and cooperated.”

The incident, Dye said, was “unfortunate and embarrassing,” and he was “stunned” as it was occurring.  “I’m still in disbelief,” he said.

As best we can tell, someone with Under Armour used credentials issued in other names to provide Sexton, Dye, Denton, and Landrum access to the hotel for the purposes of getting the Jones deal signed.  The fact that one of the men is a licensed lawyer makes it hard for us to accept the notion that he’d jeopardize his law license by knowingly engaging in a criminal activity.

Then again, Landrum wouldn’t have been the first lawyer to do something illegal.

All that said, if there had been any reason to believe that anyone had committed a crime, Dye and Denton would have been booked — and Sexton and Landrum would have had someone other than housekeeping knocking on the door at their hotel rooms.

UPDATE:  Actually, Sexton’s cab was detained briefly, but the officer allowed Sexton and Landrum to leave.

21 responses to “Pat Dye, Jr. tells his side of the Combine cuffing story

  1. Dye tried to pass himself off as John Madden but the security guys had the game cover in their office, so that didn’t fly.

  2. Seems to be pretty weak on the part of the NFL. And extremely weak on the part of the police to arrest someone for being in an area that the NFL deemed to be restricted. Especially after they had already left the area.

  3. There is a new one:

    Let’s see, “here pin this John Doe’s badge on, get ya right in, they never check any way”.

    Never heard of using someone else’s badge, license, registration, cert…….nooooo, that is a new scheme there Dye. Oh, and then one can lie about it later that they never looked at the name, just pinned it on, and went in an area where they were not allowed. Nah, I am sure Dye was not even concerned one iota what the badge indicated as for the name of who was wearing it. Is he a lawyer also?

  4. I would bet all my lunch money that there isn’t one person who visits this site that cares about this story.

  5. If there was a “secure area” in the hotel, why wasn’t there a guard on duty to check badges? And why did they wait until after the people had left the building before detaining them? Not that I really care about these particular guys, but if the security is the same folks that’ll be working at the Super Bowl next year, this is really F’d up.

  6. You would think that if somebody tried to arrest them for trespassing -after- they left the area, they would have told a security rent-a-cop to “get bent”.

  7. All televised events issue press credentials. For example, if chris collinswof wants to bring a special friend, from Ohio, up to the booth he would ask a low level graphics AP for a credential. If no blanks were available the pa would give him another with another name on it. Happens at every event every day.

  8. “I would bet all my lunch money that there isn’t one person who visits this site that cares about this story.”

    And you would be wrong!!!!! We must all be on guard against the actions of the fascist police and their puppet masters, the evil, white, republican corporations who are even more fascist than the police!!!!!

    The agents had their civil and human rights crudely and horribly violated because they were acting as agents of social justice in that they ensure that workers receive proper rights and benefits due them from the fascist NFL owners.

    Power to the People!!!

    There, I saved foozie goobler and realitypolice the time and effort they would have spent posting and they therefore can spend their most valuable time crusading for worker’s rights.

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