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Reggie Bush’s Paper Trail Isn’t Pretty


Deed to Bush's Parents' House Owned by Agents

It’s Black and White: Bush was Ineligible

By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved

The fact that Reggie Bush was ineligible to play for USC in 2005 is not a matter of opinion. Here is a paper trail that shows benefits that are not allowed under NCAA bylaws.

NCAA by-law 12.3.1.2 states that an athlete shall be deemed ineligible if he or she accepts benefits from agents or marketing representatives. The rule further states that student-athletes, their family or friends cannot receive benefits or loans from agents. Additionally, NCAA by-law12.1.2.1.6 states that athletes cannot receive preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation. (Source: rivals.com)

Included are some financial documents including the deed to the Bush parents’ home provided for free, some receipts for a lavish Las Vegas weekend at the Venetian, his brand new Chevy Impala, and other damning documents. Let’s see how the NCAA ignores this.

Oh, and there is testimony that Pete Carroll was on the phone and knew about the illegal housing situation.

College Student Reggie Bush Spends Like a Player in Las Vegas

$600 Airfare on Southwest to Oakland. Denise Griffin is Reggie's Mother, Lamar his stepfather and Jovan his younger brother. They flew to watch Reggie play Cal the next day.

New Chevrolet Impala Purchased by New Era Agents

I rest my case. I hope the NCAA does too.

What penalties will the NCAA impose? Likely they will be far too light for the nature of the violations since USC is a TV draw as well as a partner with ESPN on a site so blatantly titled as “WeAreSC.com”. A TV sports network is a business partner with a college football program? Hmmm… journalism 101?Fail. Why not just call it ”CheeringForUSCinthePressBox.com.?

The NCAA in recent years has let major violations go by with “retroactive” loss of scholarships, loss of “wins” etc. as with Alabama and Florida State. The only real penalty that makes a difference is loss of scholarships, not retroactively, but for real. For now. This year. This means you Seantrel Henderson. Hope you like a 4-7 season.  Come on NCAA. Be real. You talk about “student-atheletes” so let’s see what game you have.

  1. HaterHater
    March 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    wow bitter much??? only thing i can say is you’re a douchebag that hates the trojans and hope they get in trouble. You said yourself they probably won’t, so stop crying about something you can’t control and move on.

    • gr8bigguy
      April 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      Stop fighting with the USC apologists. When the NCAA hands down their punishment, they will have no choice but to deal with the fact that you were being real. He called you a douchebag, just because you may or may not care for USC. That’s pathetic. Attacking someone because they have a differing opinion than you….wow! sounds very tea partyish\fringe Republican. You can’t reason with apologists. They are upset because they know they are about to get some very bad news.

  2. Wine and Gold
    March 31, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Excellent, balanced presentation of the facts. NCAA football and basketball programs have gotten death penalties for less than this. It’s amazing that the NCAA has made virtually no comment about the whole USC situation.

  3. nodoginthisfight
    March 31, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Appreciate the documentation. Only their pathetically delusional fan base can ignore the facts. Pete Carroll was a pimp and that program was/is full of whores.

    • Footyball
      April 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      This is so lame. i could make these documents at home with some glue and scissors. This proves nothing.

      • April 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

        What is with you USC apologists? The evidence is there, the proof is there, and beginning Friday it will get even bigger. Michaels was paid for his silence by Bush, but that silence doesn’t extend to court, where he and Michaels will undoubtedly have some interesting things to say. Face the facts, then let USC face the music.

      • gr8bigguy
        April 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm

        There’s only one problem with your post: The organization’s have copies. LOL.
        So while can photoshop all you want to, when I go to a restaurant, I get a copy and the restaurant gets a copy. That blows your theory right out of the water!

      • April 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm

        You idiot! You think I’m Photoshopping these?? That would possibly illegal and I don’t have to change anything. The facts are there

  4. murfdog
    March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Awesome, keep it up. I give USC as much credit for being National Champions as I give Barry Bonds the title of Homerun King….(they cheated).

  5. Joe
    March 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Can you tie it to the institution? If not, time to move on.

    • March 31, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      You sound like the suspect in CSI: Miami that tells Horatio Caine to “prove it” just so he can say “Oh. I will.“ Bush was clearly ineligible and there is testimony that Pete Carroll knew about the illegal housing at the very least. The other thing that troubles me about your comment is that you are okay with cheating. ”Tie it to the institution?” It’s not like this wasn’t flagrantly public. Hell, Will Ferrell probably knew! Have you ever asked yourself why Pete Carroll left? You are a fan of corruption I guess. Look up Richard Nixon on Wikipedia. You’d love him.

  6. March 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    By the way, both Trojans fans here said “move on.” Don’t you wish?

  7. NDNation
    April 1, 2010 at 2:58 am

    We still remember the Bush Push like it was yesterday! We just want justice!!!!

  8. Jaime
    April 3, 2010 at 3:49 am

    While I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on tv, the first document is not a deed – and I see nothing tieing Bush’s parents to the transaction of Resmae Mortgage filing of their loan on the property. The second document is peculiar. Why would Michael Michael aka Michael Pettiford fill out a form authorizing himself to use his own credit card? Did he and Reggie Bush go to Vegas together. If Pettiford was there with Bush, why would he authorize himself to use his own credit card? Who does that? And finally, the Southwest ticket to Oakland, where is the documentation of the agent paying for the tickets? If USC is guilty, they should be punished. But this “evidence” won’t convict anybody. What am I missing?

    • April 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      OMG what an apologist! First of all, if you are a USC grad, please learn how to spell “tying”. “Tieing” is not a word in the English language and really hurts the credibility of your school, whatever it may be. If it’s USC, well…

      You are missing the plain and simple fact that Reggie Bush received cash, gifts, and benefits in violation of NCAA rules. It is not a matter of debate or speculation. It’s a very clear case that requires serious sanctions.

  9. John
    April 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    It doesn’t matter to me. The NCAA bylaws state that once a player forms an agreement with agents(which is exactly what Bush did)he then becomes INELIGIBLE. Once an institution plays an ineligible player they have committed an NCAA violation whether they knew about it or not. It’s a minor violation if the school didn’t know about it and a major one if they did know.

    It’s documented that Bush had an agreement with Michaels and Lake all the way back to October of 2004. According to NCAA bylaws that agreement doesn’t even have to be in writing NOR legally enforceable. Just the simple act of having one is a violation of the amateurism clause.

    The money trail/benefits are just gravy. The money trail of that agreement started showing up in public records in early 2005. Both Michaels and Lake went on record to say that money/benefits were being given since late 2004. But the money isn’t what’s going to cause the the real pain to USC. It’s the “playing an ineligible player” deal that’s going to hurt the most.

    USC according to NCAA bylaws cannot count wins while playing an ineligible player. They’re screwed out of the 2004 championship because of this. That game will have to be vacated according to NCAA bylaws for playing an ineligible player.

    The severity of the punishment from the NCAA will come into play IF USC knew a lot and turned a blind eye. The punishment will be more severe if the NCAA proves that. IF not the worst that will happen is USC having to vacate/forfeit wins beginning from October 2004-2005 for playing ineligible Bush. And Bush most likely will have his Heisman taken away also.

    Probation, scholly reduction, TV/postseason bans hinge on USC’s culpability. The wins however, are not up for debate. They will have to be rescinded.

    • gr8bigguy
      April 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      I second that: outstanding post. But I disagree with qualityshows: he WILL have to give back his Heisman.

  10. smorris
    April 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

    First of all, you’ve got something REALLY wrong in your post regarding the ESPN site. They are partners with dozens of college football sites, and all they are really doing is housing the website and providing links to other ESPN coverage…there is no wrongdoing here. But, by your “logic”, every other school that has a partner site with ESPN is cheating as well. And just how would USC’s alleged tie (which doesn’t exist) to ESPN save the Trojans from harsh punishment?

    Secondly, you post this as if this were all brand new, rock-solid proof of wrongdoing. You obviously took this from Yahoo!, where they first posted this in Jan 2008…not that you give them any credit. And beyond that:
    -The first document is not a deed. It’s a slightly more detailed version of public info available on ANY transfer of property. And there is nothing that provides a link to Bush’s family here.
    -Sure, that Venetian form is completely legit. Give me 10 minutes and I could make it look like President Obama was paying for my room.
    -How does the Southwest Airlines receipt prove anything? There’s no credit card number or anything else stating who paid for it.
    -On top of all of that, you throw in a picture of Reggie’s car, stating it was paid for by agents. But there is no proof here (or on Yahoo, where you took the info) that states when or by whom the car was purchased. The pic was from a Nov/Dec 2006 magazine, many months after Reggie was already in the NFL.

    One of the biggest problems with your supposed “proof”, however, is that it does nothing to show that USC knew–or should have known–about any violations. In which case the penalties have been pretty consistent. Retroactively proclaming the athlete ineligible and vacating wins that they participated in. Violations at Bama and FSU involved the school’s participation and knowledge…something that no one has proven re: USC in this case. IF Reggie and his family did something wrong, they should be punished. But to extend that punishment to current players at the school is downright wrong.

    I won’t spend all day on this, but it’s clear that you and all of the “USC cheatz” haters are looking for every oppotunity to tear USC down and really don’t want the facts to get in the way of your hatred. Your jealousy is pathetic and sad…

    • April 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

      First of all, I am not stating that ESPN has anything to do with cheating. I just point it out to explain the lack of coverage of what should be a far bigger story. Secondly, the documents were emailed to me and yes, I found out that Yahoo! Sports covered the story as well. I don’t claim exclusivity. Third, USC themselves is punishing innocent basketball players for the violations of O.J. Mayo and Tim Floyd. The testimony that should come next will likely indicate, as many sources have said, that USC did indeed know of Bush’s parents’ housing, his free car, and that he had signed with an agent. As for the title to the house, read the next comment from a title attorney, who should know what he’s talking about.

  11. April 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

    This is phenomenal. As an attorney dealing with Title Insurance on a daily basis, I assure you, that the named insured on the owners policy (irrespective of the deed and transfer documents and this Resmae lender policy), will absolutely prove to be the smoking gun (when taken in conjunction with the above documents).

    Also, having worked with several FATCO attorneys in the past, I assure you that they will make that policy available to any administrative/legislative/enforcement agency upon request. Finally, it’s not like the HUD-1 isn’t available from the feds…those are public records.

    John above nails this one…And, despite what Smorris says, willful blindness can be imputed to the program having knowledge of the infraction. Silly to think that won’t happen here.

  12. Trippy
    April 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    If Reggie did, he just joins a long list of players from many schools that have been doing it for many years.
    My question to you all is this. Did Reggie attend the University of Southern California because a agent let his parents stay in a home rent free for a year? Did Reggie attend the University of Southern California because he was able to/given a Chevrolet Impala which by the way couldn’t have been brand new cause that car wasn’t manufactured anymore after the year 2000. So somebody has a fact wrong.
    I believe the answers to these two questions of many I could ask are “NO”.

    He would have been there no matter what. Kicking everybody’s ass , no mater what.

    Would these alleged items kept him from going free agent and transferring to U.C.L.A.? You all can answer that yourself s.

    Dude was there, he won. Get over it.

    Trippy is out

  13. April 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I love how you USC apologists just say “get over it”. That’s EXACTLY the problem! If the NCAA doesn’t crack down, it will just get worse. It’s not about WHY Reggie Bush attended USC, it’s about how he received cash and gifts that are, plain and simple, illegal. Other teams play by the rules and if USC chooses to have to cheat to win, it cheapens the talent and accomplishments of those great athletes who don’t, not only at other schools, but also at USC, including his teammates. You can keep thinking it doesn’t matter because of his “talent” but if cheating represents the values of your school, then it may lead to just encouraging other behavior in other disciplines. So, sorry, it matters. You will have to read it and weep then “get over it.”

  14. gr8bigguy
    April 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Wonderful rebuttal post! What a way to turn that “douchebags” post around on him. He and the rest of the USC apologists need to know that (1) not everyone cheats and (2) it’s NOT ok to cheat!

  15. John
    April 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Wow at the spin artists here.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that Reggie received improper benefits. Even without this paper trail it is evident.

    If the guy was innocent then why pay both Michaels and Lake off?

    I’m sorry but I’m not about to pay 2 guys $300,000+ when they are just lying extortionists! I’m innocent and we’re going to court and I’m suing THEM for extortion and slander once I win.

    Did Bush do that? NO! He paid them both hush money. Once he saw he could not escape the desposition and that neither he nor Michaels was getting out of it this time THEN! THEN! he decides to settle?

    C’mon don’t be a willfully ignorant USC apologist! He didn’t wait that long for nothing. Cases where people settle just because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of it happen ASAP. They don’t wait three years and then decide “oh hey, let’s settle now!”

    No, Bush saw the writing on the wall. All his legal maneuvering to prevent the deposition were exhausted. He had no choice at this point but to cave and give Lake back the money.

    You see, Bush thought that since Lake was an excon that he could ride Lake’s lack of credibility and hope judges and everyone else bought that. Well, he rode that as far as he could until it became apparent that the Judge was not going to be fooled by this ad hom approach and was going to force him and Michaels to testify under oath. Only then did he realize he was screwed and settled.

    Reggie paying them both off is a veritable admission of guilt that he DID receive improper benefits from them. Not only that but the fact that he did receive improper benefits underlines the fact that there was an agreement in place with him and agents.

    So what are the readily apparent NCAA violations here?

    He had an agreement with agents. That’s a no no and it makes you ineligible. Here’s the rules outlining it.

    12.3.1 General Rule. An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport.

    12.1.1 Amateur Status. An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

    (c) Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;

    (d) Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based upon athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;

    (g) Enters into an agreement with an agent.

    12.3.1.2 Benefits from Prospective Agents. An individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if he or she (or his or her relatives or friends) accepts transportation or other benefits from:

    (a) Any person who represents any individual in the marketing of his or her athletics ability. The receipt of such expenses constitutes compensation based on athletics skill and is an extra benefit not available to the student body in general; or

    (b) An agent, even if the agent has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete in the marketing of his or her athletics ability or reputation and does not represent individuals in the student-athlete’s sport.

    So was Bush or his family guilty of breaking these rules? ABSOFRIGGINLUTELY!

    Bush was ineligible. USC played an ineligible player. Force them to vacate all wins from the moment Bush entered this agreement with agents which dates back to late 2004.

  16. January 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Clear violation of the current rules.

    This, like so many incidents like it, should draw attention to the larger picture. Rather than treating student athletes like indentured servants, the rules should be changed where these young people are paid for their labor.

    College sports are mult-million dollar enterprises exploiting essentially free labor. Let’s not try to argue scholarships are suitable compensation in the light of the fortunes being made off their backs. If these student athletes were being legally compensated for their college careers, they would have less incentive to engage in illegal or unsanctioned activities.

    I suppose the argument against this would be the schools drawing the most money would attract the best players. Of couse, I’m unclear on how that would be any different than today.

  17. May 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Jim Tressel: NCAA’s Nixon in a Sweater Vest? http://wp.me/pKBYM-v3

    My thoughts on Ohio State since I wrote the article above.

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