An interesting piece came out on SI.com yesterday titled, "Confessions of an Agent", which contains information provided by former agent Josh Luchs, who alleges he paid a host of collegiate players and gave others extra benefits.
If you have time, check out the article; it's a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at how some sports agents go about acquiring clients.
The piece has caused a stir in the NFL and NCAA football communities, and because it mentioned a few current and former Ravens players' names, the article was brought up today in the locker room.
Luchs used to work for agent Gary Wichard, who has come under fire lately for providing improper benefits to players at the University of North Carolina.
Terrell Suggs is still a client of Wichard's, and the Ravens' linebacker's name was featured in the article. Suggs was not alleged to have taken any money or extra benefits, but was asked today about any improper behavior by Wichard.
"I wish I had seen some of it, I swear," Suggs joked. "I didn't get nothing. From what I heard was going on, people were getting cars and checks and [stuff], I was like, 'Yo, my dumb ass is really under the rug.' Nah, I mean, I don't even know what's been said, so I can't really comment, but I didn't get no cake. I wish I was getting some cake.
"Hey, it's hard in college, you know what I mean? Like I said, I don't know what's really been said, but Gary Wichard didn't give me [anything]. Excuse me. He didn't give me anything. I wish I had known this was going on. We could've been hanging out months ago. But like I said, I never heard anything nothing about it. I guess I'll have to read about it."
Suggs' name was mentioned in the article because Luchs claimed that Wichard was able to woo the former Arizona State star away from another agent.
"He got pass rushers," Suggs said of the reason he signed with Wichard. "Hello? Jason Taylor, Dwight Freeney."
Ravens tight end Todd Heap's name was also brought up in the SI.com piece, although there were no allegations of any money or extra benefits given by Wichard to Heap.
According to SI, former Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden confirmed Luchs' claims that Ogden received a ticket to a Janet Jackson concert while at UCLA. Luchs says that he offered Ogden money, which the tackle declined, but Ogden did accept the concert ticket.