An NFL veteran player who spoke to Y! Sports on the condition of anonymity, said he was recruited simultaneously by Rosenhaus’ and Rubin’s companies in or around 2006, and that the firms had a cooperative recruiting relationship until at least 2008. The player was among those who lost money in the Alabama casino operation.
“[A Rosenhaus employee] came to see me and [a Rubin employee] was on the trip with him. They recruited together,” the player said. A former Rubin employee confirmed the firms recruited prospective clients together during this time and that the direction to do so came from firm management.
“I would have loved to have known all the shady stuff that was going on with Jeff Rubin,” the veteran player said. “That information would have changed things dramatically [in terms of allowing Rubin to manage my finances]. â€¦ To find this stuff out after the fact is disheartening. And that’s part of the reason I fired Drew, because I had to question if he had my best interests in mind.”
When asked about the player’s claims, Rosenhaus said neither he nor anyone at his firm ever cooperatively recruited a prospective client with a financial adviser to the best of his knowledge.
“Not that I know of,” Rosenhaus said.
Rosenhaus said agents and financial advisers are sometimes forced to meet with a player simultaneously in the recruiting process. Of five other agents surveyed, only one said he had ever experienced anything like that.
The next NFL season just got a lot more interesting if the Redskins/Cowboys go nuclear on the league.
The teams will spend the weekend examining every possible option. â€Who can I sue and how can I sued them?â€ will be the operative questions. (Itâ€™s unknown whether a â€œsuanceâ€ is being considered.)
Adding to the teamsâ€™ frustration, weâ€™re told, is that the deal to take away the cap money was brokered between NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith and the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, without a full vote of NFLPA leadership or NFL ownership. The chairman of the CEC is Giants owner John Mara, whose team benefits directly from the removal of cap room from two of his chief division rivals.
Itâ€™s unknown whether the Redskins and Cowboys are bluffing in order to force a compromise, or whether they indeed truly intend to file suit. Reducing the allegations to writing necessarily will expose that the league was engaged in collusion in 2010, which could have all sorts of unintended consequences for the entire NFL, including the Redskins and the Cowboys.
Some of you know I am a big fan of Yahoo! Sportsâ€™ Mike Silver. He has a great column on Terrelle Pryorâ€™s entrance into the NFL Supplemental Draft and the hypocrisy that is shown by the NFL by punishing Pryor and letting coaches like Pete Carroll to move on from programs under suspension to the NFL.
By essentially accepting Pryorâ€™s suspension, Smith is daring Goodell to apply the same standard to non-players who land NFL jobs after having run afoul of the NCAA. If and when Goodell fails to do so (and Iâ€™m not holding my breath that he will), I believe Smith would make some noise, and heâ€™d occupy the moral high ground in the process.
That, of course, is not the endgame for the NFLPA. I believe the union is thinking about this issue on a much larger level and considering its options toward reforming a corrupt system that leaves many of its future members in a defenseless and subservient situation.
Could college athletes ultimately unionize to protect their rights, either with the NFLPAâ€™s implicit support, or perhaps under its umbrella as part of a labor partnership?
Itâ€™s a tricky proposition, but I definitely wouldnâ€™t rule it out.
In the meantime, NFL players have a right to be angry about Pryorâ€™s suspension. They canâ€™t help but compare the situation to that of, say, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who left USC one step ahead of the NCAAâ€™s slow-footed enforcement arm, boarded Paul Allenâ€™s private jet and made a soft, $33-million landing in Seattle.