Posted by Will Brinson
On Friday afternoon, the Raleigh News & Observer dropped an investigative reporting semi-bomb, releasing the names of three people who had provided "benefits" (broad term) to UNC football players. One of those people named was Michael Katz, who works for NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Clearly, this is problematic for Rosenhaus, arguably the highest-profile NFL agent in the business, but on Friday night, Rosenhaus denied the report to multiple outlets.
"My comment is that report is false," Rosenhaus told the Associated Press. "I did talk to my employee and at no time did he provide any benefits of any kind to any college players whatsoever."
"At no time did my employee provide any benefits to any college player," Rosenhaus told the Sports Business Journal.
Katz, who joined Rosenhaus Sports in 2009, was named along with Todd Stewart (believed to be a member of a wealth management group in Washington, D.C.) and Chris Hawkins, a former UNC football player turned runner who was recently banned from Carolina's campus for the next five years.
This is a pretty interesting case of he-said/he-said, especially because Rosenhaus has been so outspoken about the punishment for agents (they should "get punished the hardest" and "be kicked out of the business") who give benefits to players.
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