The NCAA started their investigation into Reggie Bush over four years ago and they are still collecting evidence to this day. Most recently they’re trying to get there hands on copies of the documents filed in Michael Michaels, the man who's name appeared on the deed to the house Reggie's parents were staying in rent free for over a year. The Bus case never went to trial because Bush is rumored to have settled out of court for $300,000.
But the more damaging evidence could come once both Bush and Michaels give depositions next week, in a case Michaels business partner and convicted drug dealer Lloyd Lake is currently pursuing against Bush.
You might ask yourself why Bush doesn’t just settle out of court with this dude like he did Michaels to keep potential incriminating evidence from seeing the light? And the answer to that would be because Lake was asking for a $3.2 million settlement instead of a measly $300K.
Why so much for the hush money? Because Lake, who has affiliations with the street gang the Emerald Hill Bloods, was giving the Bush’s drug money and he claims they knew it.
As Lake's lawyer put it: “Yes, Lloyd Lake has been in prison and the Bushes knew that at the time they entered into this agreement with him. He seems to insinuate here that the money was from ill-gotten gains or was drug money. If it is drug money, the Bushes had no problem spending it. ”
But what this comes down to is, will Bush cough up the dough to keep Lake quiet and the NCAA from getting their hands on more evidence they'll use to bury USC? If we were in Reggie’s position we wouldn’t pay Lake a dime.
In all reality, Reggie would just be playing to try and keep the wins from the 2004-05 seasons, the 2004 national championship, and his 2005 Heisman.
All these are things that will probably be stripped by the NCAA regardless of whether he testifies or not. After four years of investigating I would hope that the NCAA would have collected enough evidence to take at least that much.
Plus how much do you think Bush really cares if the NCAA “takes away wins” from 5 years ago. Wins aren't real things. The truth is we all know him and the Trojan team at the time was great and we will always remember them as such, no matter what the NCAA says or does.
This stripping of wins and how the NCAA enforces violations once a player leaves school is a bunch of BS because it doesn't affect who it really should and that is the player that actually committed the violation.
Chris Webber and the Fav5 got stripped of their wins, but everybody still considers them great. You think Derrick Rose, really cares that his Memphis season was erased from the books? No, he was too busy winning the Rookie of the Year last year.
So what if Reggie Bush has to give back his Heisman, he has a Super Bowl ring now. Which has way more bling. It’s the school that suffers in these cases, not the player.
And sadly, the player could give a heck less about the school once they leave.