Michael Crabtree's Agent Has Gone Too Far, Betraying His "Brother"

Bryan GoldbergSenior Writer ISeptember 12, 2009

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders makes a pass reception against Marcus Walker #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 17, 2007 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Eugene Parker is a smart man. He is a great agent, an astonishing businessman, and he is a recognized leader in the African-American community.

But he isn't God—and, right now, he doesn't even look like a man of God.

For a man who claims to be unwavering in his religious values, Eugene Parker is committing a terrible sin. He is brainwashing and ruining the career of a young man who does not know any better.

While it's true that Michael Crabtree is also receiving bad advice from his deadbeat cousin, the truth is that Eugene Parker is a titan in the NFL, and he clearly has both of Crabtree's ears.

So why isn't he encouraging Crabtree to sign?

It's simple. All logic suggests that Eugene Parker is currently engaged in a grand experiment of sorts, with the Texas Tech receiver serving as his guinea pig.

Parker is famous for having innovated highly lucrative contracts for his star players, but if he were to succeed in his latest quest—breaking the unwritten NFL Draft slotting rules—he will become a legend.

In the eyes of Parker, Crabtree is nothing more than an "interesting opportunity." Rarely has the NFL seen a talent like Crabtree fall this far down the Draft Board.

The perception that Crabtree fell too far is accepted by some. The notion that he should get paid Top Five money? Universally ridiculed. 

What does Parker have to lose if he fails in his fun little experiment? Nothing.

Eugene Parker is a multi-multi-multi-millionaire, whose client list is nothing short of breathtaking. Among other stars, he represents: Larry Fitzgerald, Steven Jackson, and Derrick Brooks. He has represented several Hall of Fame players in the past.

Let's not mince words here. Eugene Parker could retire tomorrow, misplace $10 million, and not even notice a difference in his lifestyle. He's filthy rich.

But guess who has a little less money right now?

Unsigned rookie Michael Crabtree.

If Michael Crabtree were to accidentally trip and fall down the stairs tomorrow (heaven forbid), and never play a game in the NFL, he would be living off insurance for the rest of his sad life.

He has no college degree, so forget about a second career. He has no good will, so forget a life in public speaking. 

In short, Eugene Parker is putting his own interests—the desire to become an agent of (even more) legend—ahead of Crabtree's.

Meanwhile, the real losers are Crabtree, and we the fans who were so excited when the Niners took a chance on him at No. 10.

I may not be a model of a pious man, but I have enough common sense to know a charlatan and a sinner when I see one.

Eugene Parker, if you are reading this, you are betraying your brother. You are wickedly putting yourself before your client, and you are toying with somebody who trusts you.

Crabtree must take responsibility for himself, he is a grownup. But barely. And you are misleading him.

Good luck explaining this act of selfishness and greed to your creator, you filthy hypocrite.

"It is easier for a camel to get through a eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."  -  Mark 14:25


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