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Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:13 pm
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Former Bengals player might be in trouble

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s never a good thing when the guys over at Yahoo! Sports have you in their investigative journalistic sites.

That’s where former Bengals CB Horace Smith finds himself tonight. According to Charles Robinson of Y!, NFL security is investigating whether Smith attempted to defraud three rookies of more than $350,000.

The first-year players in question are Raiders DT Lamarr Houston, Cardinals LB Daryl Washington and Broncos CB Perrish Cox.

Smith was working as the director of college scouting for Woy & Willis Sports Group, a Dallas-based sports agency but apparently he was fired in February. The agency has since filed a lawsuit against Smith.

From the story:

The suit filed by Woy & Willis states that Smith allegedly took out loans “in excess of $350,000” using the players’ names without their knowledge – many at high rates of interest – then had the money directed into secret accounts with a brokerage firm in New York City, where Smith could access the funds for his own use. The suit also claims Smith engaged in “unauthorized and extravagant expenditures supposedly on behalf of players,” and misused two rental cars tied to the sports agency – one of which remains unaccounted for.

Three sources familiar with the NFLPA and league probes said investigators are also looking into a jewelry deal allegedly brokered by Smith, in which the players were offered custom jewelry at nearly double the appraised value. The items, which allegedly included high end Breitling watches priced at nearly $85,000 each, ultimately were not purchased by the players at the inflated prices.


That’s a brief preview for you. Read the rest of the piece. It’s quite interesting and troubling.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:28 am
 

Hot Routes 09.12.10: Gameday No. 1

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, Tim Tebow has won the No. 2 QB spot in Denver behind Kyle Orton. He also will have a package of plays to run today in Jacksonville.

-The Akron Beacon Journal came up with 20 questions about the Browns this year. The most important one in my eyes: How well will QB Jake Delhomme fit in with the offense?

- It’s unclear if Kansas City rookie Dexter McCluster will play in Monday’s season opener against San Diego. He practiced in front of the media Saturday, but the team listed him as doubtful with an unspecified illness.

- Each of the Raiders top-three picks (LB Rolando McClain, DE Lamarr Houston, and C Jared Veldheer) of the 2010 NFL Draft will start today against the Titans.

- A nice column by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bryan Burwell on Rams starting QB Sam Bradford. Burwell writes that Bradford is ready for the job.

-Steelers WR Hines Ward isn’t done talking about QB Ben Roethlisberger quite yet. Ward, who has been a critic of Roethlisberger in the past but has publicly lent support during Roethlisberger’s latest off-field troubles, said his teammates are the ones suffering through the QB’s four-game suspension.

- The Texans will have a chance to improve upon their 1-15 alltime record against the Colts when they play host to Indianapolis today. “We’re tired of losing ,” SS Bernard Pollard said. “It’s to the point now where it has to hurt.”

- Jaguars WR Jarett Dillard’s season is over before it began. Jacksonville placed him on the IR list Saturday. He missed most of training camp with a foot injury.

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