Tag:Gary Wichard
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 4:34 pm

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Posted by Will Brinson

Long-time NFL agent and founder of Pro Tect Management Gary Wichard died on Friday morning at the age of 60 of complications resulting from diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

The news of Wichard's passing was first reported by Darren Heitner of SportsAgentBlog.com and additional notes of sadness were passed along by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports and client Jimmy Clausen.

Wichard represented some big-name NFL clients over the years -- including Terrell Suggs, Chris Cooley, Clausen, Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor, to name a few -- but came under a great deal of scrutiny with his involvement in the agent scandal involving the UNC-Chapel Hill football team.

Wichard, at the time of his death, was serving a nine-month suspension from the NFLPA and was being investigated by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Despite all that, many people who worked with Wichard during his lengthy career -- be it other agents or sportswriters -- noted what a professional he was.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:22 pm

Hot Routes 3.2.11: Gary Wichard got served

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • The North Carolina Secretary of State's office sent a search warrant to Bank of America demanding a pile of financial records relating to suspended NFL agent Gary Wichard's financial activity from January 2009 on. This is important to the NFL, because it could -- conceivably -- open up a can of worms with relation to other players, other coaches and pay-for-play accusations. It's way more important to the NCAA side of things, however, because Elaine Marshall's office is currently investigating the big pile of dirty things that happened on Chapel Hill's campus. Of course, Marvin Austin, the guy at the center of this warrant, is about to be an NFL'er, so there's that too.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:28 pm

Terrell Suggs denies getting paid by agent

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, the, ahem, mess hit the proverbial fan when Sports Illustrated published an upcoming feature in the magazine entitled "Confessions of an Agent" -- if you haven't read it, you should do so now.

If you're short on time, though, the gist is that a lot of specifically-named players got money from agents while in college.

One of those players is Terrell Suggs, but he denied receiving any money from his agent, Gary Wichard, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

"I wish I had seen some of it, I swear," said Suggs. "I didn't get nothing. From what I heard was going on, people were getting cars and checks and stuff, I was like, 'Yo, my dumb ass is really under the rug.' Nah, I don't even know what's been said. I didn't get no cake. I wish I was getting some cake.

"Hey, it's hard in college, know what I mean. Gary Wichard didn't give me s***. He didn't give me anything. I wish I had known this was going on. Like I said, I never heard anything about it. I guess I'll have to read about it."

Suggs at least was willing to comment on the allegations -- many a player declined to say anything when asked by SI. He also said that his decision to sign with Wichard related to the agent already representing top pass-rushers like Jason Taylor and Dwight Freeney.

But because the whole "money under the table" issues is the definition of a "he-said/he-said" scenario, there's no real way to affirmatively say whether or not someone took money from an agent. The downside for someone like Suggs is that because of the culture surrounding elite college players and agent and all the problems stemming from said culture recently, the public mood is much more "guilty until proven innocent" than you might typically see.
Posted on: August 16, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 1:20 pm

Report: Seahawks acquire AWOL Niner Balmer

Posted by Will Brinson

Kentwan Balmer didn't last long on the trading block -- Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Balmer's been dealt to the division rival Seattle Seahawks.

Terms of the deal are not yet disclosed, but on the front of things, it makes sense: as Barrows notes, Scot McCloughan, the ex-Niners GM who actually drafted Balmer, is currently with Seattle. Seattle also needs help on the defensive line, and they have a coaching staff that's certainly unafraid to bring, ahem, characters into the fold to see if they can perform. (There's also the added bonus of Pete Carroll being able to counsel Balmer through the NCAA interrogation process!)

For the Niners' part, they were looking to move Balmer quickly -- he'd been AWOL from the team since last week and today was the deadline for him to report or be placed on the "left squad" list, whereby he would be unable to play in 2010.

Plus, you could argue that if the Niners really think Balmer is that bad a player (which they apparently do), they're hurting Seattle with subtraction by addition.

Update (12:48): Awkwardly, it appears, according to CSN Bay Area, that the Niners didn't want Balmer ever coming back to the facility, even the players' parking lot.

Update (1:18): According to Matt Maiocco on Twitter , the 49ers will receive a sixth-rounder in return for Balmer. That's not exactly the greatest bounty for a guy removed from first-round status just two years ago, but it helps to underscore just how little regard the organization had for Balmer. For the Seahawks, that's pretty good value, especially if they can get him fired up to face his former team twice a year.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 2:58 pm

Kentwan Balmer away handling 'personal' stuff

Posted by Will Brinson

Kentwan Balmer's absence from 49ers practice has been notable, but considered something that wasn't a big deal. At least until today (which -- COINCIDENTALLY? -- is the first day Sportscenter reports that he paid for some former teammates to join him for a trip in Cali) anyway.

Matt Maiocco of Bay Area CSN is reporting that Balmer's time as a 49er might be at an end, as he's been absent from practice without excuse.

Originally, Mike Singletary granted Balmer a two-day leave of absence from practice to deal with "a personal matter" but that time had passed and Balmer still hasn't shown up to camp.

Only a truly cynical person (and huge caveat here: I do not care, as a fan, for the University of North Carolina, so take that with how much ever salt you'd prefer) would point out that Balmer is dealing with a "personal matter" (of an undisclosed nature) at the same time as his alma mater, UNC, is being investigated for agent-related matters that intimately involve not only Balmer, but his own agent, Gary Wichard, as well.

Update (2:56) : David White of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Singletary had this to say during Wednesday's practice: ""I told Kentwan to be here this morning. He is not. We're going to move forward." So, yeah, seems likely Balmer could be cut. On the bright side, that'll give him plenty of time to chat with NCAA investigators.

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