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Agent tweeted of March dinners with four current Longhorns

Mississippi v Texas

And the plot thickens.  Or the ship gets deeper.  One of the two.

Tuesday brought word that Texas was facing NCAA scrutiny after it self-reported a pair of current but unnamed Longhorns had meals paid for by an NFL agent, a bylaw no-no.  Now, as first reported by Orangebloods.com and subsequently confirmed by the Austin American-Statesman, it’s been found that a St. Louis-based agent, Justin Bingman, tweeted back in March of having dinners with four Longhorn football players.

And, unbelievably, Bingman tweeted them out by name at the time: defensive end Cedric Reed, defensive tackle Desmond Jackson and linebackers Steve Edmond and Jordan Hicks (pictured), all between March 22 and March 24. The tweets have since been deleted, but, through the magic of copy-and-paste, the American-Statesman has saved them for posterity’s sake:

“Just had a great dinner with @Ced_Reed88 He and his dad are great guys!” Bingman tweeted on March 22.

“Had dinner with @TexasBoy99tank and his Dad last night. They are both great guys and looking forward to the next time,” he tweeted about Jackson on March 23.

The next day, Bingman tweeted, “Had dinner with @SteveBigMoney33 last night, MLB for Texas. We all had a great time with many stories. #Longhorns”

Bingman’s next tweet read: “Just had dinner with a great young man that is going to do great this year for Texas @JHicks_3 #Longhorns #LonghornsNation”

Bingman, incidentally, is the agent for former UT offensive lineman Mason Walters.  All four of the players mentioned by Bingman are seniors.

While Bingman acknowledged having dinner with the four players, it’s unknown who paid for the meals. If it’s the agent in all four cases, all four players could face anywhere from a one-game suspension after making restitution in the form of a charitable donation all the way up to (unlikely) having their eligibility stripped. It could also be a case where the UT compliance department is already aware of the four dinners and have determined that only two players had theirs paid for by the agent.

And, hopefully, none of the four pull/pulled a Dez Bryant and make/made the situation exponentially worse than what it is for all involved.

Regardless, it’ll be an issue first-year head coach Charlie Strong would prefer not to deal with during his first Big 12 Media Days next week.

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11 Responses to “Agent tweeted of March dinners with four current Longhorns”
  1. ancientcougar says: Jul 16, 2014 10:07 AM

    They were hungry and didn’t have enough to pay for the agent’s meal.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 10:09 AM

    What. A. Moron!

    The NFL needs to step in here and punish agents who bait players into forfeiting eligibility. Maybe for 1 year, no contract he is a part of negotiating is valid or enforceable. That would stop a lot of this right away.

  3. mikefoxtrottango says: Jul 16, 2014 10:09 AM

    That agent is really stupid.

  4. thraiderskin says: Jul 16, 2014 10:13 AM

    Umm… there has got to be much more to this, there is just no way the agent didn’t know this was a no-no.

  5. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 16, 2014 10:55 AM

    Umm… there has got to be much more to this, there is just no way the agent didn’t know this was a no-no.
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    I didn’t read all three linked stories, but the agent tweeted that he had dinner with the player and the player’s dad. So, if the agent paid for his part of the dinner, and the dad paid for him and his son, is that okay? Or is any contact whatsoever with an agent still a no-no regardless of who picks up the check? I ask because, I agree with theraiderskin,there’s no way an agent, sleazy as some of them might be, could be so incredibly stupid.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 11:13 AM

    The article does mention that two of the tweets reference meeting the players for dinner with their respective fathers. The other 2 did not. My guess is those are the 2 that the agent paid for.

    I guess it’s possible that these kids these kids thought they were going to go pro so it wouldn’t matter and then decided not to… Not sure. Either way, they hadn’t declared for the draft so paying for their meals was, as you say,”incredibly stupid”!

  7. smadison29 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:37 AM

    The agent couldn’t come up with any better adjectives in his tweets than ‘great’. Get Rosenhaus on the line.

  8. orthomarine says: Jul 16, 2014 12:20 PM

    Morons

  9. thraiderskin says: Jul 16, 2014 1:04 PM

    Event if all parties paid their own way, or say they did, its the perception. This agent has just turned potential clients into a massive headache for UT. More importantly, such a slip up is now big trouble for these players, how can you make such a mistake as a professional agent?

  10. fatediesel says: Jul 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    Just looked up the agency he works for, doesn’t appear they have any clients currently in the pros. Looks like just another small time guy trying to get clients early by breaking the rules.

  11. cubano76 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    Rookie mistake Mr. Agent man. Dang you dumb!

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