Washington Redskins wide receiver, DeSean Jackson has filed a dispute against the NFLPA aimed at the relationship NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith has with Jackson's former agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The crux of the filing is his claim the NFLPA has allowed Rosenhaus (and agents in general) to get away with misconduct over the years.
In his filing one of Jackson's main pieces of evidence that Rosenhaus has violated NFLPA regulations is the case of former Browns, and current Raiders receiver, Greg Little. Here is what the filing says:
- After media reports came out in October of 2010 which indicated that a Rosenhaus employee provided the University of North Carolina's Greg Little with benefits that jeopardized his collegiate eligibility, Rosenhaus attacked Little's credibility in a letter he wrote to the union. Rosenhaus told the NFLPA that Little made "false," "dishonest" and "inconsistent" statements to the NCAA regarding his interactions with that employee and that they would never speak to the player again.
I guess that bridge was burnt, eh? So, how exactly does it come to pass that Little's current agent is... Drew Rosenhaus? Simple. Rosenhaus may "never speak" to Little again, but money talks much louder (which is saying a lot in comparison to Rosenhaus).
Here is the report from Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin.
However, according to a text message from Rosenhaus employee Michael Johnson (who is currently facing three felony charges in North Carolina for his alleged involvement in funneling money to players for another agent), Rosenhaus later offered Little $100,000, a car for his mother, and $2,000 per month to fire his former agent and sign with Rosenhaus, none of which had to be paid back. NFLPA regulations prohibit agents from providing or offering money or any other thing of value to players to induce or encourage them to utilize their services.
There is a long list of such claims in the report and it would appear Jackson has a pretty solid case. You can read the entire report here. It's pretty fascinating stuff. At least I thought so.
As for Little's part, it can sometimes be difficult to turn down that kind of money whether it be in college or the pros. The word "integrity" comes to mind. We know it's not a word Rosenhaus bothers himself with, and the details in this filing suggest Little may fall pretty short in that department as well.