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pays handles contract disputes with college athletes for me.
You can file this one under the "You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up" file. According to Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports writer and one of the leading figures in reporting the sordid details of the Reggie Bush scandal, the "actor/comedian" referred to in the NCAA report is not Will Ferrell (as I speculated). According to Robinson, the unnamed person in question is in fact Faizon Love, and the details of Lloyd Lake and company trying to force Bush to uphold his end of the illicit deal get interesting, to put it mildly. Here is how he recounted the events a couple of hours ago on Twitter:
The "actor/comedian" on page 25 is not Will Ferrell.
Ok, so here's the deal. At one point when this got crazy, Lloyd Lake reached out to Suge Knight to resolve his dispute with Reggie Bush.
As in, Suge Knight, Death Row records CEO and man who supposedly hung Vanilla Ice off a hotel balcony by his legs.
Lloyd did this through Faizon Love...and actor and comedian who has been in a lot of movies and on TV.
Anyway, a lot of people freaked out and got really scared when Suge Knight supposedly got involved with the whole thing. It scared people.
That was always the whale...getting Suge Knight to talk about how he was asked to settle the dispute between Bush & New Era sports.
We could never get Suge Knight to talk to us. But we confirmed he was contacted by Lloyd Lake. It just never became relevant 2 the story.
That's wild stuff, to put it mildly, but in all honesty it is perhaps nothing overly unusual. Since these illicit agreements are not enforceable contracts in a court of law, parties to these types of agreements have no legal recourse for demanding performance from counter-parties. Hence, it's common to see them resort to shady individuals and organizations to enforce contracts, often by means of physical violence and threats thereof. Perhaps that did not actually happen here, but again it is common when parties seek to enforce illicit agreements.
Either way, it's hard to dispute Robinson's take on the subject as of right now. He and his colleagues have been vilified for years by USC supporters, but this day has been nothing if not vindication for them. His claims may not be correct in this particular instance, but he has been correct on much of the Reggie Bush melodrama to date and it is admittedly hard to see why he would risk his well-earned credibility at this point on such wild claims that he wasn't absolutely certain to be true, especially on a day where he and his organization had years of work vindicated by the Committee on Infractions.