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    Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Lawsuit: Rams DE Robert Quinn accused of defrauding former agent of $300,000

    By Rand Getlin
    Yahoo! Sports 23 hours ago.. .

    St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn has been accused of fraudulently extracting nearly $300,000 in expenses from his former agent, this according to an amended lawsuit filed in circuit court in St. Charles County, Mo., earlier this month.

    The lawsuit, part of a yearlong legal battle between agent Carl Carey and Quinn, preceded last week's hearing in Alexandria, Va., between the two parties before NFL Players Association arbitrator, Roger Kaplan. Kaplan will decide whether Quinn owes Carey up to $282,000 in commission on the $9.4 million rookie contract the player signed with the Rams in July 2011. Carey contends that Quinn wrongfully terminated him in favor of another agency, Impact Sports, but only after receiving as much money and as many services from Carey as possible.

    In a related and also amended federal court case filed in North Carolina last April, Carey alleges his firing which occurred eight days before Quinn signed his deal with the Rams was a direct result of a conspiracy. The earlier lawsuit alleges that Quinn's new agent, Impact's Tony Fleming, his partner Mitch Frankel, Quinn's girlfriend Christina White, and New York Giants player Marvin Austin (a college teammate of Quinn's) intended to induce the player to terminate Carey as his representative.

    In addition to the alleged conspiracy, Carey has accused Fleming, Frankel, White and Austin of slander, unjust enrichment, client poaching and unfair methods of competition.

    Although Carey's claims against Fleming, Frankel, White and Austin have yet to be fully adjudicated, the dispute gives the public a rarely available window into the tactics allegedly employed by some agents and others involved in the high-stakes recruitment of top-tier NFL prospects. It also reveals how quickly some young players saddle themselves with substantial debt prior to entering the NFL.

    Because the NFLPA requires agents to submit to arbitration on contract-related issues, disputes with players or other agents have historically been heard by NFLPA arbitrators in largely private proceedings. But while the NFL was in a lockout last year, the NFLPA decertified and suspended their agent regulation system, leaving agents to settle their legal disputes in the courts if they saw fit. The resultant litigation in Carey vs. Quinn and company created a public record that sheds light on how divisive contract disputes related to player recruitment can be.

    Carey expressed confidence in the NFLPA arbitration process and his ability to recoup what he believes is owed to him which court documents indicate stands at more than $570,000 but also conveyed his appreciation for the ability to utilize the courts to shine a light on just how bad things have gotten in the agent industry.

    "I guess the unfortunate thing I've seen recently is that because so many unethical games are played by agents trying to sign players, now the players have become jaded as well," said Carey, who claims to have provided financial assistance, training costs and other benefits to Quinn prior to getting fired. "Now they're trying to join in the game in an unethical way, and even more so than years ago they are becoming quite astute at getting as much as they can financially out of agents and others. Both sides are operating in a very unethical way, and it's almost becoming a war between the agents and the prospective NFL players."

    One of the interesting revelations that came to the fore in the volley of court documents is that at least three people close to Quinn, including his parents, submitted affidavits in support of Carey's position.

    Those affidavits allege Quinn who was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA in October of 2010 for receiving $5,642 worth of jewelry, travel, and other benefits and providing false information to NCAA investigators may also have been receiving money from agents and their representatives while still a student-athlete at North Carolina.

    Someone with close ties to Quinn, whose affidavit was shared with Y! Sports on the condition of maintaining the drafter's anonymity, indicated that Quinn obtained the individual's bank account information in order to facilitate "seven to 10" deposits of $500 to $2,000 each. According to the affidavit, those deposits began in the spring of 2010 during the latter portion of the player's sophomore year.

    That same affidavit indicated that while Quinn would not divulge the identity of the individuals depositing that money, he had mentioned Fleming's name prior to the deposits being made, stating he was going to "hit up Tone for more cash" in early 2010.

    "Everyone knows that anybody can make up false and ridiculous allegations in litigation," said Michael Tein, whose Lewis Tein PL firm serves as outside counsel to Impact Sports. "Impact Sports looks forward to proving our case and disproving theirs in court. Impact abides by the highest ethical standards and will continue to be an example of that in the business of sports."

    For Carey's part, he indicates the allegations against Fleming and Impact are anything but frivolous and references a "substantial amount of evidence" that will be revealed to support his claims. But more important than his own dispute with Quinn and the others, Carey says, are the broader implications for young athletes who he believes are falling victim to an increasingly unethical industry.

    "Kids accepting extra benefits while they are still playing at the university is certainly a troubling issue," said Carey, who represents former UNC standout and current Chicago Bear Julius Peppers. "But I think the bigger picture is if an agent is breaking rules in the recruitment of prospective professional athletes, once that young man signs with that agent, it's not like the agent all of the sudden becomes honest. Now this young man has a dishonest individual coordinating his business affairs and all too often these kids wake up 10 years down the line only to realize that all their money is gone."

    A trial date in Carey's lawsuit against Quinn has been set for January 2013.


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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    an agent getting fleeced. now there`s a feel good story.

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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Those affidavits allege Quinn who was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA in October of 2010 for receiving $5,642 worth of jewelry, travel, and other benefits and providing false information to NCAA investigators may also have been receiving money from agents and their representatives while still a student-athlete at North Carolina.

    Someone with close ties to Quinn, whose affidavit was shared with Y! Sports on the condition of maintaining the drafter's anonymity, indicated that Quinn obtained the individual's bank account information in order to facilitate "seven to 10" deposits of $500 to $2,000 each. According to the affidavit, those deposits began in the spring of 2010 during the latter portion of the player's sophomore year.

    That same affidavit indicated that while Quinn would not divulge the identity of the individuals depositing that money, he had mentioned Fleming's name prior to the deposits being made, stating he was going to "hit up Tone for more cash" in early 2010.
    When it rains, it pours. He's innocent until proven otherwise, but if you combine this with the DUI, it has big distraction written all over it. Just in time for training camp. Great timing! Maybe this is why he was getting wasted last week.............
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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    * "...This young man has a dishonest individual coordinating his business affairs..."
    * "...Increasingly unethical industry..."
    As Mike said, when it rains it pours. NFL teams don't need these distractions right now.

    But, IMO, Quinn is being victimized by these so called agents as I'm sure other rookies are as well -- and veterans too, every year. I trust justice will prevail and Quinn will be protected as much as he deserves.

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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Maybe I just am too ethical, but I don't think any sports agent (and IMO most lawyers) have any right to talk about anyone else's "lack of ethics".

    In the words of Larry Norman.
    "And when I was ten you murdered law, With courtroom politics
    And you learned to make a lie sound just like truth"


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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    In a related and also amended federal court case filed in North Carolina last April, Carey alleges his firing – which occurred eight days before Quinn signed his deal with the Rams – was a direct result of a conspiracy. The earlier lawsuit alleges that Quinn's new agent, Impact's Tony Fleming, his partner Mitch Frankel, Quinn's girlfriend Christina White, and New York Giants player Marvin Austin (a college teammate of Quinn's) intended to induce the player to terminate Carey as his representative.
    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    One of the interesting revelations that came to the fore in the volley of court documents is that at least three people close to Quinn, including his parents, submitted affidavits in support of Carey's position.
    The details here could make this a pretty weird case. Carey alleges conspiracy by Quinn's girlfriend and a former teammate, Carey gets fired by his company, and Quinn's parents back him in his suit against their son. It sounds a bit like a story arc from daytime television.

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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    It sounds a bit like a story arc from daytime television.
    Which is the LAST thing we need. Sigh.........

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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Which is the LAST thing we need. Sigh.........
    On the upside, that increases the chances it was actually Robert's evil twin who was responsible for the DWI.
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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    But he's a great player on the field and this won't affect his playing or the team at all!
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    Re: Robert Quinn Accused Of Defrauding Former Agent Of $300,000

    Quote Originally Posted by MoonJoe View Post
    But he's a great player on the field and this won't affect his playing or the team at all!
    Come on Quinn, just show me a pillar.
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