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Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 11:29 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley

Here's a lawsuit that just might substantiate all of your worst fears about the ugly behind-the-scenes behavior that stains elite amateur basketball.

The Washington Post reports that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is suing his former agent and his former AAU coach for conspiring to create a situation in which they could represent him once he became a professional player. The lawsuit alleges that the agent, Joel Bell, and the coach, Curtis Malone, first sank their hooks into Beasley when he was 14 years old.  

The lawsuit comes less than a year after Bell sued Beasley for wrongful termination and breach-of-contract.

Beasley's allegations in this countersuit are lengthy and complicated.

To boil it down: The Post reports that Beasley and his mother allege that Bell helped cover the costs of Beasley's participation in a high-profile AAU team, including transportation, lodging, other family expenses and $2,500 in cash. The lawsuit also reportedly alleges that in return for that help the agent and coach took steps to ensure that Beasley would sign with Bell once he turned pro after one season at Kansas State, including paying for his mother's rent and car payment after she moved to Kansas to be near Beasley.

The paper reports that Bell and Malone either declined comment or did not return messages.

Providing direct or indirect compensation to high school players with the expectation of representing them in the future is generally believed to be a common practice among agents and wannabe agents but rarely are details made public because it opens up a Pandora's box of complications.

There is the possibility for NCAA sanctions for programs who signed the player, signed other players from the same AAU program or signed other players who are eventually represented by the same agent. There's the bad press that will hit the player and his family for taking illegal gifts that they "know were wrong." There's the red flag in NBA circles that pops up on that player when it comes to assessing his decision-making and character. There's the potential for major damages or, maybe in a worst case scenario, jail time for agents who act improperly. There's the chance that future basketball players won't want to have anything to do with a coach whose program has been tainted. 

That Beasley is pursuing legal action, then, is fairly remarkable given all of these external forces working against him and his mother exposing their version of the truth. The big question: Will the ordeal be worth it?

For further analysis, Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com has you covered.
Comments

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

This kid cant catch a break, the only thing we have heard about beasley this summer that wasnt something bad going on in his life was that he hired a publicist to revamp his image...... apparently he needs a new publicist lol



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

Did Bell and Malone also spring for Beasley's weed because he's always getting caught smoking and the inconsistency of his play suggests he's stoned half the time.  Maybe Beasley can sue them for not getting him the kind bud that allows him to play well.  Or maybe he'll sue them for not allowing him to get an education.  Beasley is such a waste of talent.  It speaks volumes that he sucked when playing for a good team (Heat) and improved only after going to a bad team (T-Wolves).  Reminds me of Marcus Thornton.  Bad with New Orleans, a star in Sacramento.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

Are they really scum? (I am not one of them).  Anyone who thinks anything on the AAU circuit is in anyway in compliance with anything is naive, but is one side better than the other?  It's a meat market for high school basketball talent, nothing more and the players and their families and entourages know this and cash in on it as well.  Both sides are using each other to get what they want.  The players get money, cars, mommas house paid for, etc., and the agents think they are getting a cut of the players deal if they go pro.  

Win-win.  Who cares? 



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

OldSchool,

 

South Dakota buddy, and Mike Miller is the best we got.  Educated to boot!!!  You missed the point of my post.  Nobody FORCED Beasley or his mom to take the money.  One or both of them knew the implications.  If not, then you validate the other point of my post, they are dumb ballers.

 

Once again, agents are scum.  But if you take the money, make it right in the long run.



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Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:48 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

Its really sad on both ends here!! First this guy helping and paying for things with the hopes of cashing in later when Beasley gets rich and secondly the Beasleys for accepting and taking advantage of the guy and then dumping him. I wonder when the guy that bought LeBron his HUMMER while he was in high school had a deal like this locked up. Isnt it fishy to anyone when a single mom that doesnt work can afford housing, utilities, travel, and HUMMERS!!!!



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

"traveling team coaches" and agents are scum.  The majority of the traveling teams are made for the coaches kid, who is NOT good enough to make an "elite" team.  It is worth it to expose the corruption.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:58 am
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

@boxerjim,

C'mon now....Beasley was 14 years old at the time and clearly comes from a situation where a couple hundred dollars would make a huge difference in he and his family's life. You think a 14 year old kid is going to say no to some cash when he can't afford to eat nothing but some Kraft Mac and Cheese every night (if he's lucky)? A commitment by a 14 year old kid is not a commitment at all.

I think Beasley is a scumbag for a variety of reasons, but not for this. He and his family were clearly taken advantage of by these AAU leaches that are all over the country....and again, you cannot blame a 14 year old kid for taking some cash without thinking about the reprecussions.



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:55 am
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

boxer3jim:

I highly disagree with your assertion and comentary. Its not fair for you to sit in Millard, Ralston, Elkorn, Lincoln, or some out of town Nebraska hub, and take shots at an envoirment that you really have no true since about. Who is the last home grown and born NBA player from Nebraska?

This is no different than the guy down the street from you that makes deal to kick-back money on a contract to ensure he makes millions.  You don't see anything wrong with that, but the kid who gets a chance to rise from a situation that he had little control of getting a better opertunity.

Your insinuation that he or all these kids are just dumb ballers who wouldn't be able to make it anywhere else in socially is appauling. 

Did you have to break both arms or just one to pat yourself on the back, taking a shot at a 14 yr old and his mom?



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:11 am
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

Well said Boxer3jim. Why do you think these agents are helping these kids? It certainly isn't out of kindness. Of course they want something in return. Why didn't Beasley or his mom bring this up when he was 14? They took the money and gifts. He should have brought this up then not now.


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