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Should There Be Consequences for Drew Rosenhaus?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19: Agent Drew Rosenhaus looks on during an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IAugust 21, 2012

Drew Rosenhaus has been accused by a Dallas Cowboys' adviser to have tampered with Oklahoma State wideout Dez Bryant before the 2010 NFL draft, according to Jason Cole and Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports

If the alleged accusation is found to be true, NFL's super agent must receive consequences from the NFLPA

Rosenhaus is the most recognizable agent in the NFL, having represented some of the league's most high-profile players over the last two decades. 

His boisterous, assertive personality and University of Miami pipeline led him to instant stardom and made him millions upon millions of dollars. 

Now one must think—was Rosenhaus gaining elite clients legally?

Cole had this to say regarding the specifics of the incident: 

David Wells, a successful former bails bondsman and private investigator, said he came forward regarding the text messages because he is tired of a system that, in his view, 'takes advantage of athletes, particularly African-American athletes.'

The texts show Rosenhaus offering $10,000 to Wells and a free trip to Miami on his private jet. According to Cole, both attempts are explicit "violations of the NFLPA's regulation on "Prohibited Conduct." 

Bryant initially signed with Eugene Parker, who he fired in December of 2011 before signing with Rosenhaus.

Cole's report also features a claim from Wells that "Rosenhaus started advancing Bryant large sums of money shortly after signing Bryant as a client, a move Wells said Rosenhaus never called him to ask if that was advisable."  

So, should Rosenhaus be penalized? Does the NFLPA even have the power to do it? 

Well, they may be powerless regarding the accusations that stemmed back to 2009 when Rosenhaus first attempted to ink Bryant, because it occurred prior to the NFL lockout. 

But if Rosenhaus was illegally offering money to Bryant in an attempt to lure him away from Parker at recently as December of last year, that's a different story. 

Either way, it sounds like is a common practice for Rosenhaus, and if nothing else, the NFLPA should launch a thorough investigation into how Rosenhaus and his agency operates. 

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