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Old 07-26-2013, 09:29 AM  
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Tarell Brown fired his agent for a really good reason.

I bet the agent was really looking forward to hearing his receptionist say, "Tarell Brown on Line 2".

Seriously, it seems like this is really good lawsuit material. Isn't it the agent's job to know this stuff?


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Tarell Brown left $2 million on the table this offseason. This hardly was part of the plan.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback was due to earn $2.925 million in 2013, the final year of his contract. To collect $2 million of that salary, he was obligated to attend offseason workouts with the team. Unaware that his attendance was contractually mandatory, Brown worked out on his own in Texas.

He didn't realize he had cost himself dearly until Thursday, when he saw reports on Twitter. He immediately fired his agent, Brian Overstreet.

"No one wants to leave money on the table," Brown said Thursday, via The Associated Press. "If I would have known the clauses in my contract -- that's what agents get paid to do, to orchestrate the contract and to let you know what you can and can't do as far as workouts and OTAs and things of that sort. That's what he got paid to do. He didn't do that, so in my opinion, you have to be let go. We all are held accountable for our actions. This is part of the business."

After finishing what we imagine was a tremendously pleasant conversation with Mr. Overstreet, Brown reached out to the 49ers. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, "there wasn't too much I really could say."

"It had nothing to do with not being in shape, not wanting to work out, no contract problems, it just had to do with me wanting to go back home and train," Brown said. "It's something I've been doing for the past few years."


Brown said he plans to sit down with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in an effort to work out a compromise of some kind.

"Hope for the best," Brown said. "Pray for me."

Let's throw in a prayer for the agent, too. What a mess.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #121
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Why are you so eager to accept the word of the player who just gave up 2 million dollars? Do you honestly think the agent never mentioned a 2 million dollar workout clause in this players contract?

It's not the agents responsibility to to make sure the player is following through with his obligations after the player has been told about the parameters of his contract. This is an employment contract and it is the employee's responsibility to know what is in his contract. You here all the time players say "it's a business". Well, dumbass, act like it's a business and take care of your side of the business.
The agent gets 3% commission on the workout clause. If the agent knew the clause existed, don't you think he would have been pushy about it? It seems to me that didn't happen, and that Brown genuinely did not know it was there. It looks like an oversight on both their parts.

If the agent who knows the contract gives advice and counsel that is incorrect, then it's his obligation to know the right answer before giving it. It's not like you can claim he had incomplete information. It sounds like he knew Brown wasn't attending and didn't check to see if that was okay, even worse if he was asked if it was okay and said "it's okay." Of course Brown bears some responsibility. But the agent is getting PAID to offer services and clearly failed, and of the two guys, the agent is the one with the expertise to fully understand the contract implications.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:30 AM   #122
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That is the littlest word with the biggest meaning.
Proving that is going to be very hard. Good luck to him on that. I bet that he cannot prove that and he will just be out the money.
If they communicated frequently, there's probably plenty of communication (especially e-mail and text) which can easily be used as discovery. That works both ways. If the agent actually did bring it up as a bad idea, then he's covered.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #123
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I think you have to take responsibility for yourself.

That's not exactly fine print in terms of the contract wording.

Yes the agent should be fired IMO, but I don't feel sorry for the guy as it's his own responsibility to know the basic framework of his contract.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:39 AM   #124
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To negotiate the contract and help write it in a way that it is legally binding. Not to play babysitter and make sure the dumbass player is reminded of a pretty big clause in the contract. I guarantee you that the agent let this guy know about the clause when the contract was negotiated.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:42 AM   #125
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Why are you so eager to accept the word of the player who just gave up 2 million dollars? Do you honestly think the agent never mentioned a 2 million dollar workout clause in this players contract?

It's not the agents responsibility to to make sure the player is following through with his obligations after the player has been told about the parameters of his contract. This is an employment contract and it is the employee's responsibility to know what is in his contract. You here all the time players say "it's a business". Well, dumbass, act like it's a business and take care of your side of the business.
When the agent is set to receive $60k dollars for said workouts, he should be emailing, texting and checking with his client on a daily basis to ensure that said client is participating.

If the agent in question can prove that he did so, the player is at fault. If he can't, the agent is at fault.

You don't seem to understand the fact that the agent is employed by the player, not the other way around.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #126
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When the agent is set to receive $60,0 dollars for said workouts, he should be emailing, texting and checking with his client on a daily basis to ensure that said client is participating.

If the agent in question can prove that he did so, the player is at fault. If he can't, the agent is at fault.

You don't seem to understand the fact that the agent is employed by the player, not the other way around.
The agent should be owed that money either way since he negotiated into the contract.
Yeah I can definitely understand sending out reminders. But that doesn't mean that a person should have to do that.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:54 AM   #127
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The agent should be owed that money either way since he negotiated into the contract.
Yeah I can definitely understand sending out reminders. But that doesn't mean that a person should have to do that.
The agent doesn't get paid until the player gets paid, so yes, the agent should be following up with the client.

And yes, the agent shroud be reminding his client everyday. Don't you understand that's the agent responsibility?
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The agent should be owed that money either way since he negotiated into the contract.
Yeah I can definitely understand sending out reminders. But that doesn't mean that a person should have to do that.
Agents don't earn the money until its paid
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When the agent is set to receive $60k dollars for said workouts, he should be emailing, texting and checking with his client on a daily basis to ensure that said client is participating.

If the agent in question can prove that he did so, the player is at fault. If he can't, the agent is at fault.

You don't seem to understand the fact that the agent is employed by the player, not the other way around.
Then as an employer wouldn't you think it would be wise to know as much about the contract parameters as your employee? Especially since it could cost you 2 million dollars if you don't. Part of being an employer is being responsible for the actions of your employees.
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Then as an employer wouldn't you think it would be wise to know as much about the contract parameters as your employee? Especially since it could cost you 2 million dollars if you don't. Part of being an employer is being responsible for the actions of your employees.
You clearly do not understand the world of "talent", nor are you willing to step outside your bubble to do so.
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Both have incentive to make $$ thus both are responsible. And let's see IF the agent was really negligent here. Knowing this is how he get's paid, I bet the farm he shows he covered his ass and this is Brown trying to save face
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Then as an employer wouldn't you think it would be wise to know as much about the contract parameters as your employee? Especially since it could cost you 2 million dollars if you don't. Part of being an employer is being responsible for the actions of your employees.
The players responsibility is to play and to comply with his contract as directed by his agent. The agents responsibility is to be aware of all contractual terms, communicate them to his client, and ensure his client complies. The agents job isn't done once the contract is signed, it it's just beginning.
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Both have incentive to make $$ thus both are responsible.
"Talent" hires an agent to be responsible for all contractual obligations. If there are certain clauses in contracts, the agent must make his client aware of such clauses to ensure that terms of the contract are met.

The agent should have checked in on day one with said client. He should have scheduled daily email and text reminders for said client. He should have called said client weekly.

Failing to do not only cost his client $2 million dollars, it cost the agent $60k, his job and his reputation.
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The players responsibility is to play and to comply with his contract as directed by his agent. The agents responsibility is to be aware of all contractual terms, communicate them to his client, and ensure his client complies. The agents job isn't done once the contract is signed, it it's just beginning.
Oh I get your point about the agent's job to wipe this guy's ass as well especially with this younger generation that doesn't know a thing about real work ethic, responsibility,commitment, discipline, accountability, etc...... BUT LET's see first if the agent was really negligent. And IF he wasn't negligent then it's just another lesson in, no matter how much you talk,yell,or scream the obvious you can't change or control another adult human being's actions or lack thereof.
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"Talent" hires an agent to be responsible for all contractual obligations. If there are certain clauses in contracts, the agent must make his client aware of such clauses to ensure that terms of the contract are met.

The agent should have checked in on day one with said client. He should have scheduled daily email and text reminders for said client. He should have called said client weekly.

Failing to do not only cost his client $2 million dollars, it cost the agent $60k, his job and his reputation.
Like I said, let's see first IF the agent was negligent.
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