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Storm
04-15-2010, 01:03 AM
USC-related Bush deposition next week (AP)


Reggie Bush is scheduled to give a long-sought deposition next week in a lawsuit by a fledgling sports marketer who is trying to recoup nearly $300,000 in cash and gifts the star running back and his family allegedly accepted while he was playing at the University of Southern California. The deposition is scheduled for April 23 in the office of attorney Brian Watkins.

hopefully the NCAA is taking this as serious as a couple of extra hours on the practice field :think::think:

Really Big Bama Fan
04-17-2010, 11:32 AM
hopefully the NCAA is taking this as serious as a couple of extra hours on the practice field :think::think:

NCAA rules do not apply to Southern Cal.

ECDawg78
04-17-2010, 11:58 AM
Attorney: Reggie Bush deposition set for April 23 in sports marketer's lawsuit

BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

April 14, 2010 | 11:29 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reggie Bush is scheduled to give a long-sought deposition next week in a lawsuit by a fledgling sports marketer who is trying to recoup nearly $300,000 in cash and gifts the star running back and his family allegedly accepted while he was playing at the University of Southern California.

The deposition is scheduled for April 23 in the office of attorney Brian Watkins. Watkins represents Lloyd Lake in his lawsuit against Bush, the former Heisman Trophy winner who now plays for the New Orleans Saints.

Lake's former partner, Michael Michaels, is scheduled for a deposition next Wednesday, Watkins said. Michaels reached an out-of-court settlement with Bush's family in April 2007.

"It's been three years in the making so it's going to be very interesting to see whether or not Michael Michaels' and Reggie Bush's stories will contradict each other," Watkins said.

Watkins said Michaels' settlement with Bush included a confidentiality agreement.

"Now he has to talk because he's being deposed," Watkins said.

"Basically Reggie Bush bought his silence for $300,000, so he was unable to speak to the media, and, of course, cooperate with the NCAA," Watkins said. "Reggie Bush always has maintained he didn't do anything wrong, so it will be very interesting to see if Michael Michaels' testimony corroborates that of Reggie Bush or contradicts it."

Lake and Michaels were trying to attract Bush as a client for their marketing firm, New Era. Bush did not sign with New Era.

The NCAA and Pac-10 are investigating whether Bush and his parents took improper benefits. Bush has not met with NCAA and Pac-10 investigators, and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Michaels owned a San Diego-area house where Bush's parents allegedly lived rent-free.

If Bush is found retroactively ineligible, he could lose his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

If the NCAA determines that USC violated rules, the football program could have to forfeit victories from those seasons — when the Trojans won a national championship and lost in the BCS title game against Texas — and face additional penalties.

In late December, Bush lost his bid to go to confidential arbitration to settle Lake's lawsuit.

Watkins tried to take Bush's deposition in February 2008, but said the running back didn't show up.

A few weeks earlier, Watkins and Lake walked out of a deposition, saying that a bodyguard for Bush's attorney opened his jacket to expose a pistol.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-fbc-bush-investigation,0,3073879.story

zud the hut
04-17-2010, 12:25 PM
I know as an LSU fan that Reggie was involved with the recruitment of Joe McKnight...a NOLA rb who committed to USC over LSU. And that there was illegal contact between the two rb's. I lost all respect for John Curtis and Joe McKnight over this as they are out and out liars!!!

Storm
04-17-2010, 01:20 PM
that one dude should be punched just for being named Michael Michael. What a dbag.

ECDawg78
04-21-2010, 11:20 AM
Settlement reached in Bush civil case

By Charles Robinson and Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
11 hours, 5 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO – A source has told Yahoo! Sports that former University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush has reached a settlement in a civil case brought by Lloyd Lake, one of the financiers of failed marketing agency New Era Sports & Entertainment. The settlement comes just days before Bush was expected to give a court-ordered deposition in the suit, centering on $300,000 in unpaid rent, cash and other benefits allegedly provided to the Heisman Trophy winner and his family while he was at USC.

The amount of Bush’s settlement with Lake is not known. When reached by Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night, one of Lake’s attorneys, Paul Wong, declined comment. Messages left for Lake’s other attorney, Brian Watkins, were not returned.

The settlement with Lake should mark the last chapter in Bush’s saga involving New Era Sports. The relationship between Bush and New Era was first revealed in a Yahoo! Sports investigation in April 2006, sparking an NCAA probe into the running back that eventually grew to encompass the entire Trojan athletics program. The NCAA recently wrapped its investigation into USC and is expected to reveal its findings as early as next month. However, it is believed investigators would have sought transcripts of this week’s depositions – particularly that of Bush, who denied any wrongdoing in an interview with the NCAA in the summer of 2009.

If the NCAA rules that Bush received extra benefits during his playing career at USC, he could be deemed retroactively ineligible. Since some of the benefits date back to the 2004 season, the Trojans’ national championship that year could be rescinded. USC could face further NCAA sanctions and Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy could be in jeopardy. The Heisman ballot indicates that an athlete must meet NCAA eligibility requirements to be considered for college football’s most prestigious award.

This marks the second settlement by Bush with a New Era Sports founder in the past three years. In April 2007, Bush ended a civil suit brought by Lake’s former New Era Sports partner, Michael Michaels, settling for between $200,000 and $300,000.

Settlement talks appeared to be in the works since Monday morning, soon after San Diego Superior County Judge Steven R. Denton ordered that Lake, Michaels and Bush all submit to depositions in hopes of moving the civil suit forward. Lake was scheduled to appear in a San Diego courtroom Monday to give his deposition, but that was scuttled when Bush’s attorneys asked for a one day continuance in hopes of opening talks between the two parties. Lake’s deposition then failed to take place on Tuesday as well, apparently canceled after reaching a settlement with Bush. Michaels’ deposition was expected to come Wednesday, and Bush’s on Friday, but both are expected to be canceled as the civil suit against Bush, who now plays for the New Orleans Saints, and his family is withdrawn.

Michaels and Lake were key figures in the NCAA’s investigation into Bush, whose family lived rent-free for almost a year in a $757,237 Spring Valley, Calif., house Michaels said he purchased for the family in April 2005. Lake and Michaels had both previously alleged the house and other benefits were given to Bush as part of an agreement the USC star and his family had to work with New Era when Bush went to the NFL. Bush ultimately signed with contract agent Joel Segal and marketing.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news;_ylt=AtBbOW4H3Y3pBAzC8.70GYI5nYcB?slug=ys-bushcase042110

ECDawg comment: This is bad, bad news for USC.........Bush's settlement basically is his intention to not co-operate with the NCAA at all and not refute with or without evidence the charges made against him and the school. I expect a significant penalty in the near future for USC..........

DBS
04-21-2010, 12:39 PM
yeah, no way this can be good for usc.

woohoo!

Storm
04-21-2010, 01:11 PM
how is this bad for USC. With no testimony from Bush, there's no case against USC.

DBS
04-21-2010, 01:15 PM
how is this bad for USC. With no testimony from Bush, there's no case against USC.

how? this doesn't pass the sniff test.

bush settles TWO times for something where there was supposedly no wrong doing? :rotf::rotf:

ECDawg78
04-21-2010, 01:54 PM
how is this bad for USC. With no testimony from Bush, there's no case against USC.

Allegations made by many against Bush and involving Bush, including at least one that Bush settled with financially.........then Bush totally refuses to speak to NCAA investigators about any of it.........makes it rather cut and dried as I see it.........

Storm
04-21-2010, 02:21 PM
yeah, cut and dry against Bush.......USC can still claim they had no knowledge of anything. I'll be very surprised if USC gets much punishment.

ugabrad
04-22-2010, 03:54 PM
Allegations made by many against Bush and involving Bush, including at least one that Bush settled with financially.........then Bush totally refuses to speak to NCAA investigators about any of it.........makes it rather cut and dried as I see it.........

It could certainly fall under the "lack of institutional control" category...