DeSean Jackson, Drew Rosenhaus Lawsuit: Latest Details and Reaction

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DeSean Jackson, Drew Rosenhaus Lawsuit: Latest Details and Reaction
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Updates from Sunday, June 22

TMZ's Staff reports findings from Drew Rosenhaus' legal documents filed against DeSean Jackson:

Rosenhaus is firing back in legal docs of his own ... saying Jackson is wasting everyone's time, since Jackson and Rosenhaus had AGREED to abide by the arbitrator's ruling before the arbitration hearing ever began.  

Drew claims DeSean filed his "scandalous" lawsuit to smear Drew's name in the media -- and wants a judge to hit the Redskins star with a $50,000 fine to "discourage such baseless litigation" in the future. 

 

Updates from Monday, June 9

Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports broke down DeSean Jackson's allegations against Drew Rosenahus:

In the filing (...) Jackson says the relationship between NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and Rosenhaus has rendered the executive director, and the union he heads, incapable of protecting players' interests when allegations of misconduct by Rosenhaus are involved. Jackson wants the ruling, made by long-time NFLPA arbitrator Roger Kaplan in April, requiring him to pay Rosenhaus roughly $516,000 in unpaid "loans" and agent fees, to be vacated because he says the arbitrator ignored union regulations, then created what Jackson describes as his own rules in order to reach the "outcome he preferred" of Rosenhaus winning the arbitration.

"The NFLPA's unwillingness to enforce its own regulations to protect its players – at least as to certain agents – is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the case of Drew Rosenhaus," said Jackson's attorney, William Quinn of global law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, in the filing.

"There is abundant credible evidence that Rosenhaus exercises extraordinary and undue influence over the key NFLPA decision-makers. The evidence includes widely publicized and well substantiated fact that Rosenhaus, although frequently the target of credible allegations of blatant violations of NFLPA regulations, has never been sanctioned or even seriously investigated by the NFLPA."

Jackson goes on to allege that Smith has protected Rosenhaus, in part, to ensure he has the support of the agent's sizeable stable of clients, including union president Eric Winston, when he runs for re-election in March. Smith currently draws annual compensation of more than $2.7 million, according to federal tax filings.

Original Text

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has filed court papers alleging that his former agent Drew Rosenhaus bribed him to sign on as a client back in 2009, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the legal documents that TMZ refers to, the bribery included large amounts of cash stuffed inside a Louis Vuitton bag.

Jackson, who fired the polarizing agent last year, claims that Rosenhaus' actions violated NFL Players Association rules and has filed court papers in response to a recent arbitrator's ruling that he must reimburse Rosenhaus with more than $500,000 in unpaid loans.

This isn't the first time either Jackson or Rosenhaus have found themselves in the midst of controversy. Rosenhaus played a key role in Terrell Owens' ugly exit from Philadelphia nearly a decade ago and Jackson has been one of the league's most mercurial stars since arriving in 2008. 

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The 27-year-old wideout signed with the Redskins in April shortly after the Philadelphia Eagles surprisingly released him.

Despite having his off-the-field persona and reputation called into question, Jackson expressed optimism for the future when talking to reporters earlier this month, per Redskins.com's Andrew Walker.

"Our chemistry right now is a work in process," the speedy receiver said. "The more we get out here and keep working and staying after practice and running routes and getting our timing down, I think sooner or later we’ll be in great shape."

Jackson is coming off the best year of his career in 2013, in which he caught 82 passers for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. However, 2014 will be a year of redemption for the former Cal star, who will face off against his former team twice this coming fall.

 

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