According to Yahoo! Sports, NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus allegedly offered money and a trip to Miami to Dez Bryant’s advisor in an effort to steer Bryant to sign with Rosenhaus.
Bryant’s longtime advisor, David Wells told Yahoo! Sports that all the offers were made through text messages which he showed Yahoo! Sports. According to Wells, the offers began way back in 2009 while Bryant was still attending Oklahoma State.
Rosenhaus dangled a $10,000 donation to the charity Wells works with and a trip to Miami, but Wells never responded to any of the text messages. Here are the messages Rosenhaus sent Wells over from December 2009 to January 2010.
• Dec. 16, 2009, Rosenhaus wrote in a text to Wells: “Also will have 10K for you to give to your community center..”
• Dec. 17, 2009, Rosenhaus wrote in another text: “Dnt [sic] mean to put pressure but we want this bad ! Were ready to put u on a private jet and get this done.. Miami’s callllinnnnnggggg!!!”
• Dec. 21, 2009, after Wells said he did not respond to Rosenhaus’ text messages, the agent wrote by text: “Never heard back my man.. We raised the guarantee … You’ll be happy..”
• Jan. 3, 2010, Rosenhaus wrote in a text: “Whatever it takes man … whatever … Just give us a shot.”
Rosenhaus sat down with an interview with Yahoo! Sports but basically went “no comment” on them when asked about this situation.
But despite not wanting to discuss any of this with Yahoo! Sports, he may be forced to discuss it with the NFLPA.
At least the first two texts appear to be violations of the NFLPA’s regulation on “Prohibited Conduct.” In Section 3, Article B, subsection 3 of the NFLPA’s agent regulations, agents (known as “Contract Advisors” in the regulations) are specifically prohibited from making such offers.
Under the heading “Prohibited Conduct,” the union specifically bans agents from “providing or offering money or any other thing of value to a member of the player’s or prospective player’s family or any other person for the purpose of inducing or encouraging that person to recommend the services of the Contract Advisor.”
For all of Rosenhaus’ alleged scheming, Bryant decided initially not to sign with Rosenhaus but after firing agent Eugene Parker, Bryant signed with Rosenhaus.
Wells had not heard from Rosenhaus again until Bryant fired Rosenhaus earlier this month. And that’s when Rosenhaus revealed that he had been fronting Bryant money.
“Drew called me and said, ‘We don’t want this to get out in the media and we don’t want this to get ugly, but Dez owes us some money,’ ” Wells said, recalling a conversation he claims he had with Rosenhaus earlier this month. “I said, ‘OK, but why are you calling me now? Because you got fired? You didn’t call me before you gave [the money] to him?’ … If you knew this kid was on financial restraints, why would you feed the fire?”