Saturday, April 29, 2006

Reggie Bush's Bad Week Gets Worse

First, he costs himself several million dollars by trying to play hardball with the Houston Texans, who end up drafting Mario Williams (by the way, the Texans are morons for passing on Bush). Then it's revealed that his agents Joel Segal and Mike Ornstein have some shady past dealings. Segal was suspended from being an NFL agent for the 1997 season by the NFL Players Association when it was discovered that he gave money under an assumed to a Florida State player in 1993. Ornstein pled guilty several years back for defrauding the NFL of $350,000. Ornstein was sentenced to six months in a community correction center, ordered to pay $160,340 in restitution, pay a $30,000 fine and put on probation for five years. Seems Mr. Bush is a magnet for shady individuals.

If that was not enough, the scandal that started Bush's bad week, that Michael Michaels allowed Bush's family to live in a house rent free in exchange for Bush being a client of the newly formed New Era Sports & Entertainment just gets worse and worse:
Reggie Bush's parents received more than $100,000 in cash disbursements since late 2004 from investors in the sports marketing agency that sought to represent their son, according to a letter written by the investors' attorney to the Bush family.

Attorney Brian Watkins said yesterday Bush's parents, LaMar and Denise Griffin, asked for the money in part to resolve financial problems. Watkins said that sum included an initial payment of about $30,000 to help start up the agency, New Era Sports and Entertainment.

Watkins also said the money was disbursed throughout 2005 and was given on more than one occasion at the home of the Lake family, whose son, Lloyd, was an investor in New Era.

In the letter dated Feb. 13, Watkins asked David Cornwell, the Bush family's attorney, if he wanted to involve USC in settlement discussions.

"We would not object to their (USC's) participation as we understand their wanting to be involved due to the fact this matter was ongoing during their Championship season of 2004 as well as the entire season of 2005, and any lawsuit filed might have an adverse effect on them,"” the letter from Watkins stated.

I guess the good news for Bush is that this whole scandal won't keep him from being a very, very wealthy man.