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Heath
09-15-2006, 02:41 PM
Interesting - :eek:


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush and his family appear to have accepted gifts, money and other benefits worth more than $100,000 from two marketing agents while the Heisman Trophy winner was still playing at Southern California, according to a report posted Thursday on Yahoo.com.

The report says Michael Michaels, a marketing agency investor who wanted to represent the football star, and current Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein lavished Bush and his family with gifts while he was still at USC, each hoping to entice him to sign with them once he left school.

Bush eventually chose Ornstein, which caused a falling out between Michaels and Bush's family.

Speculation over whether Bush and his family received money arose earlier this year in reports that his mother and stepfather didn't pay $54,000 in rent during the year they lived in a house owned by Michaels, who later said the family promised to repay him once Bush went pro.

The NCAA prohibits student-athletes and their families from receiving extra benefits from agents or their representatives. Any improper benefits could lead to NCAA sanctions against USC and retroactively cost Bush his college eligibility and Heisman Trophy.

The report was based on an eight-month investigation by Yahoo Sports, citing documents and interviews with on-the-record sources close to the situation. It lists several instances in which Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits, including:

-- Suits for Bush's stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation -- all paid for by Ornstein.

-- Two hotel stays by Bush, one in Las Vegas and another in San Diego, during March 2005. In both instances, the rooms were paid for by Michaels.

-- $13,000 from Michaels' fledgling firm, New Era Sports & Entertainment, to purchase and modify a car for Bush.

-- $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush's stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The charges were put on a credit card belonging to Jamie Fritz, one of Ornstein's employees.

Ornstein said he believes that when Fritz paid for airfare and a limousine for the Bush family's trip to the Cal game, the money was eventually paid back. Asked whether he was aware that such loans could constitute an NCAA violation, Ornstein told Yahoo: "I have no idea."

A phone message left by The Associated Press for Bush's attorney, David Cornwell, and Ornstein were not immediately returned late Thursday.

Ornstein denied to Yahoo any wrongdoing on his and Bush's behalf.

"Reggie Bush never received an extra benefit from Mike Ornstein other than what he was allowed to get from the NCAA when he worked with us," Ornstein told Yahoo. He added Bush was an intern at his marketing company in the summer of 2005. "I feel pretty damn good about that."

The NCAA and Pac-10 are investigating whether any rules were broken when Bush's family lived in the home owned by Michaels. Cornwell also said earlier this summer that FBI agents interviewed him about "potential federal crimes" by phone in June. The FBI would neither confirm nor deny whether a federal investigation was under way.

The NFL players union also is investigating the rent payments.

In a statement released by USC counsel Kelly Bendell, the school said it is cooperating with the probe but "cannot comment on any matter that is the subject of an ongoing NCAA and Pac-10 investigation."

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel told the AP the team would not comment on matters involving Bush when he was in college.

"It doesn't involve the Saints," he said.

The allegations would have no effect on Bush's professional football career, a person within the NFL with knowledge of Bush's standing in the league told the AP. The source asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Bush was expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but the Houston Texans bypassed him and took North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams. Bush went to New Orleans with the second pick.

HotCorner
09-15-2006, 02:54 PM
Doesn't Michael Bush play for Louisville? ;)

zombie-a-go-go
09-15-2006, 02:58 PM
Who is Michael Bush? :confused:

cumberlandreds
09-15-2006, 03:03 PM
Who is Michael Bush? :confused:

Running back for University of Louisville who just broke his leg and is out for the season. If he recovers nicely he could be a number one pick in the near future.

Heath
09-15-2006, 03:05 PM
Ok wise guys...can't a guy screw up now and then? :D

flyer85
09-15-2006, 03:11 PM
actually I find it completely uninteresting. As near as I can tell he doesn't play for USC anymore and I am not so naive as to believe that it doesn't happen in every major football program in the country.

Blimpie
09-15-2006, 06:40 PM
Reggie Bush = Alfred E. Newman


Bush: I know there's nothing to worry about
Associated Press
Posted: 15 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush and his family appear to have accepted gifts, money and other benefits worth more than $100,000 from two marketing agents while the Heisman Trophy winner was still playing at Southern California, according to a report posted Thursday on Yahoo.com.

After practice Friday, Bush responded to questions about the report much the same as he did when the allegations of improper benefits first were reported earlier this year.
"I'm not worried about any of these allegations or anything like that," he said. "Because I know what the truth is, like I said from day one. Once the smoke clears, everybody's going to see we did nothing wrong."

The report says Michael Michaels, a marketing agency investor who wanted to represent the football star, and current Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein lavished Bush and his family with gifts while he was still at USC, each hoping to entice him to sign with them once he left school.

Bush eventually chose Ornstein, which caused a falling out between Michaels and Bush's family.

Speculation over whether Bush and his family received money arose earlier this year in reports that his mother and stepfather didn't pay $54,000 in rent during the year they lived in a house owned by Michaels, who later said the family promised to repay him once Bush went pro.

The NCAA prohibits student-athletes and their families from receiving extra benefits from agents or their representatives. Any improper benefits could lead to NCAA sanctions against USC and retroactively cost Bush his college eligibility and Heisman Trophy.

"Obviously it does affect you just because it is out there," Bush said. "But at the same time I know there's nothing to worry about.

"It makes you want to go out there right away and tell your side of the story. Show everybody the facts, the truth. But you can't do that. That wouldn't be the right way to do it."

The report was based on an eight-month investigation by Yahoo Sports, citing documents and interviews with on-the-record sources close to the situation. It lists several instances in which Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits, including:

- Suits for Bush's stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation - all paid for by Ornstein.

- Two hotel stays by Bush, one in Las Vegas and another in San Diego, during March 2005. In both instances, the rooms were paid for by Michaels.

- $13,000 from Michaels' fledgling firm, New Era Sports & Entertainment, to purchase and modify a car for Bush.

- $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush's stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The charges were put on a credit card belonging to Jamie Fritz, one of Ornstein's employees.

Ornstein said he believes that when Fritz paid for airfare and a limousine for the Bush family's trip to the Cal game, the money was eventually paid back. Asked whether he was aware that such loans could constitute an NCAA violation, Ornstein told Yahoo: "I have no idea."

A phone message left by The Associated Press for Bush's attorney, David Cornwell, and Ornstein were not immediately returned late Thursday.

Ornstein denied to Yahoo any wrongdoing on his and Bush's behalf.

"Reggie Bush never received an extra benefit from Mike Ornstein other than what he was allowed to get from the NCAA when he worked with us," Ornstein told Yahoo. He added Bush was an intern at his marketing company in the summer of 2005. :thumbup: "I feel pretty damn good about that."

The NCAA and Pac-10 are investigating whether any rules were broken when Bush's family lived in the home owned by Michaels. Cornwell also said earlier this summer that FBI agents interviewed him about "potential federal crimes" by phone in June. The FBI would neither confirm nor deny whether a federal investigation was under way.

The NFL players union also is investigating the rent payments.

In a statement released by USC counsel Kelly Bendell, the school said it is cooperating with the probe but "cannot comment on any matter that is the subject of an ongoing NCAA and Pac-10 investigation."

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel told the AP the team would not comment on matters involving Bush when he was in college.

"It doesn't involve the Saints," he said.

The allegations would have no effect on Bush's professional football career, a person within the NFL with knowledge of Bush's standing in the league told the AP. The source asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Bush was expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but the Houston Texans bypassed him and took North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams. Bush went to New Orleans with the second pick.

RedFanAlways1966
09-16-2006, 02:39 PM
actually I find it completely uninteresting. As near as I can tell he doesn't play for USC anymore and I am not so naive as to believe that it doesn't happen in every major football program in the country.

Really? He played for USC when the gifts happened (if true of course). If it happens all over does not excuse it or make it okay. Not at all.

What to do? USC must face a punishment if true. Not fair since he is gone, but that does not matter. Ask the 2005 Ohio State men's basketball team. They were punished for something that happened with a former coach and a player who never played for OSU. But the NCAA hopes an example is made. Not an easy or simple thing, but not something that should be brushed aside. Programs have to be in control of these things. If not, then you face the punishment. Hard to watch over guys and their families 24-7... but you have to educate them before it happens. Not easy, but necessary.

As far as I am concerned, I'd be ashamed that my parents did not have better common sense (if true). They knew better. They knew that it was wrong to accept those things. But (if true) Reggie is just as bad. Car buys-and-modifications, hotel stays, etc. USC must not have reinforced that these things are wrong. They must not have noticed his new and modified car. Yep... and swampland is going for a premium in Pasedena.

Dom Heffner
09-16-2006, 03:44 PM
The biggest crime involving Reggie Bush was Houston passing on him in the first round.

Right up there with Big Daddy over Marshall Faulk.

Newsflash to teams: When you have the best player in your hands, don't pass him up for a lineman.

max venable
09-18-2006, 03:52 PM
The biggest crime involving Reggie Bush was Houston passing on him in the first round.

Right up there with Big Daddy over Marshall Faulk.

Newsflash to teams: When you have the best player in your hands, don't pass him up for a lineman.

Remember in '89 when GB took Tony Mandarich with the #2 pick (ahead of Barry Sanders for cryin' out loud!)

westofyou
09-18-2006, 03:54 PM
In California (especially among the students of the UC System) USC is known as The University of Spoiled Children.

Dom Heffner
09-18-2006, 04:10 PM
In California (especially among the students of the UC System) USC is known as The University of Spoiled Children.


Last summer I was in Los Angeles for a week (Stayed at the Sofitel for a few days- awesome) and while driving around in the hills, stumbled upon USC.

Those kids have it good.

One of my best friends lives out there (the one who failed in writing Anna Benson's book) and he gave me the funniest answer to a half-hearted question I posed to him: Am I going to get shot?

"No one gets shot in West Hollywood," he replied. "Not with a gun anyway."

He then proceeded to explain that by being a tall, attractive (his words, not mine) male I may have to be worried about a different type of gunfire.

:)