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Jackson, agents demand retraction from newspaper

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Jackson, agents demand retraction from newspaper - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

    The contract dispute between wide receiver Vincent Jackson(notes) and the San Diego Chargers took an odd sidestep when high-profile attorney Howard Weitzman sent a letter to the San Diego Union-Tribune demanding a retraction of a portion of a recent story about Jackson.

    In the letter sent Monday, Weitzman said a paragraph in the article, reported by Union-Tribune Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee, was both incorrect and damaging to Jackson and agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod.

    “We are asking for a retraction, a correction and an apology for part of the article,” said Weitzman, who has represented clients such as Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Lindsay Lohan.

    The Union-Tribune reported that Jackson was able to sit out rather than sign a restricted free-agent tender for this season because of the financial backing of Schwartz and Feinsod.

    “League and sources in the agent community have confirmed that his ability to forego a salary is due to the financial backing of Schwartz and Feinsod, with the understanding the agents will be paid back after Jackson receives the mega contract they are seeking,” Acee wrote in an analysis story that appeared on the Union-Tribune’s website Aug. 24.

    Jackson, Schwartz and Feinsod deny the assertion and were upset with the report.

    Jackson is already dealing with the fact that he has two driving-under-the-influence charges against him. He is facing a three-game suspension whenever he returns to play. Weitzman said the Union-Tribune article adds another problem for Jackson, one that could make teams wary to sign him to a long-term contract.

    “This infers that [Jackson] can’t manage his affairs and that he’s financially needy,” Weitzman said. “That’s anything but the case. Vincent has been very successful dealing with his finances.”

    Jackson majored in business at Northern Colorado and nearly attended Columbia University out of high school. He hopes to one day pursue an MBA. He has a financial advisor independent of his agents.

    As for Schwartz and Feinsod, Weitzman said the paragraph damages their reputation, too. “It’s unfortunate because it’s inferring that to give advice, they have to pay their clients in advance on the expectation that they’ll be paid back later,” Weitzman said.

    The letter came after Schwartz and Feinsod spoke with Union-Tribune vice president and editor Jeff Light last week. The move could be a first step toward a possible lawsuit. Light did not return a message left for him Monday.

    Jackson, a five-year veteran, has refused to sign with the Chargers after receiving a one-year, $3.2 million offer from the team that since has been reduced to $583,000. Jackson, who has led the NFL in yards per catch over the past two seasons among receivers with at least 50 catches each season, is seeking a long-term deal with either the Chargers or another team if San Diego is willing to trade him.

    Thus far, only the Seattle Seahawks have been granted permission to talk to Jackson about a contract and possible trade. The two sides have not worked out a deal as of yet and also spoke during the offseason when Jackson was allowed to talk to other teams as a restricted free agent.

    The Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings have expressed interest in Jackson, says a source. Jackson may become an unrestricted free agent or again be a restricted free agent depending on what happens with negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    My gut feeling is that the Jackson camp is counting on the CBA making him an unrestricted free agent.

    That is a big gamble, especially to sit out for.
     
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    that comment pretty much says it all
     
  4. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    They are so screwed if there is a lockout next year. And doesn't this type of activity seem illegal? I know it is not against the rule for an agent to "loan" money, but maybe it should be...
     
  5. sdrocks

    sdrocks Well-Known Member

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    I think VJ needs to focus some more because last I checked he isn't on the field.

     
  6. scratchnz

    scratchnz BoltTalker

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    He's focusing on the field... from the stands haha lol

    Man, I reckon VJ thinks that he is pretty smart with the way he is handling himself...but I also reckon hes in for a big surprise...and a big fall! Espicially when he discovers that the Chargers will not play him in the remaining games he needs this year!
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    Which it will. There is no way it will remain 6 years, and even if the League is able to get it to be 5 years, which they won't, he already has 5 years. So he will be a UFA unless it remains 6 which there is zero chance of happening. More than likely, it will go back to 4 which is where it was prior to the owners opting out of the CBA
     
  8. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    What could be illegal about it? What business in the world has the right to force people to work? None. If someone doesn't want to play, they cannot be forced to play.
     
  9. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Jackson is sure going about this in the wrong way. First he turned down 3.2 mil, now he's withholding his services and is trying to make the team look bad. He should have signed his tender, gone to camp and tried to work out a deal. If the Bolt's told him no, then he could have sat out with a legit beef.
     

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