Friday, April 28, 2006

Bush Alleged to Know of Involvement

LaMar Griffin, the stepfather of Reggie Bush, was a founding member of New Era Sports & Entertainment, according to an attorney representing the fledgling sport agency. Brian Watkins also said that the former USC tailback knew about his stepfather's involvement. Watkins didn't stop there, alleging that the Griffin family did not pay rent while it lived in a house purchased by Michael Michaels, who also was involved in New Era. If the allegations are proven to be true, Bush likely played the 2005 season in violation of NCAA rules. Watkins said New Era is planning to file a $3.2-million lawsuit against the Griffins. Another story making the rounds paints a different picture. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, said the NFL Players Association and NFL Security had concluded that New Era and David Caravantes, an affiliated sports agent, tried to extort $3.2 million from Bush after the tailback chose other representation. The other troubling matter facing USC is quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was arrested on suspicion that he sexually assaulted a female student. Sanchez was free on bail and ordered to appear in court on May 17. And on a sidenote, Trojan hanger-on Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested after a fracas over access to a first-class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport. Dogg, who was released on bail, has not been charged in the incident that reportedly injured seven police officers. But Dogg has been banned for life from flying British Airways. Update: In possibly the first good news of the week for USC faithful, Dogg — or as he has been known recently, The Big Boss Dogg — was expected to arrive shortly in South Africa, where he will perform a series of gigs.

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