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Beasley sues AAU coach, former agent in one ugly mess

Oct 27, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

Michael Beasley AP

College recruiting is an ugly, dirty business. One most basketball fans just try to ignore it because, well, we love the game and don’t like to see its reputation sullied.

But a lawsuit filed by Timberwolves forward brings it all out in the open, as reported by the Washington Post.

In September Joel Bell, Beasley’s former agent, sued him for wrongful termination. Beasley has countersued and made some strong — but believable — allegations, throwing a number of people under the bus including former Kansas State (and current West Virginia coach) Bob Huggins.

A Maryland-based sports agent and a youth basketball power broker conspired to foster a relationship with NBA player Michael Beasley from the time Beasley was 14 years old with the intent of securing the rights to represent him professionally, according to a civil suit filed by Beasley in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Beasley asserts in his suit that Bell Sports Incorporated President Joel Bell bankrolled Curtis Malone’s nationally recognized DC Assault summer basketball program and that in return Malone felt obliged to steer Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, to Bell for professional representation. Beasley’s suit contends that, along the way, Bell and Malone violated NCAA rules and federal laws governing agent conduct.

Beasley’s countersuit says that Huggins gave another Beasley AAU coach a job as a K-State assistant to make sure he landed Beasley. He accuses Malone of being a “runner” for Bell — a guy who develops relationships with players to steer them to agents, then gets kickbacks. The suit claims a man Malone introduced his mother to paid for her to live near her son at K-State, covering her rent.

Beasley also admits he got illegal benefits. By the way, all of this is still within the NCAA’s statute of limitations on violations.

I have no idea who is in the right in this particular case. But what is proposed here is not out of the question at all. It happens all the time. Not every elite recruit, but a lot of them. More than you want to know.

By the time elite players like Beasley are teenagers people know who they are and that there is potential there. And that is when people start trying to get a piece of what is seen as a commodity. Sometimes it’s family members. Sometimes its AAU coaches. Sometimes it’s agents. Sometimes different groups of them work together.

But the end result is people guiding a teenager to what is best for those around him and not what is best for him.

It’s an ugly, ugly mess. This lawsuit just shined a light on it.

  1. btwicey - Oct 27, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Go get em mike!!

  2. purnellmeagrejr - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    good article – slight stylistic problem in that Michael Beasley’s first name was not listed until the quote section.

  3. dragon57 - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    This kid should have stayed in college at least one more year.

  4. aaronp2098 - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Wonder who Beasley’s new agent is? If it is one of the bigger agents, who probably has done the same thing, had to advise him not to do this. I can’t believe the agent Beasley is suing didn’t drop the whole thing as soon as he got wind of the counter-suit.

  5. xoxoemilyrae - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Not going to lie, it sucks that Beasley’s otherwise fine reputation might be sullied by this lawsuit. BUT it is quite refreshing to see someone actually own up to what he and others did.

  6. bruiza2k - Oct 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Yeah, his AAU coach Delonte Hill was an assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte before Huggins stole him for a high paying assistant coach role up at K-State. That effectively took Beasley to K-State, and now this allegation of paying to have his mom moved to be closer to there just confirms it. As a Charlotte fan, I knew it was fishy when it all went down like that, but I feel bad for former coach Lutz who had a lot invested in Hill before he just left for K-State with arguably Charlotte’s best recruit in school history.

  7. skids003 - Oct 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Most AAU coaches aren’t much more than pimps, pimping out the kids they take “control” over, and pretty much selling them to the highest bidder. Agents are about the same, anything to line their pockets.

  8. dannomac21 - Oct 27, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    dragon57- absolutely not. his stock wouldve never been higher than it was his fresh year.

    • dragon57 - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      I agree his stock was high but he wasn’t mentally prepared for the NBA or life on his own, his mother moved to Manhattan, Ks to be close to him at K-State. Also remember he was expelled from the rookie camp because of pot. I think at least one more year of college and he would have been much more mature.

  9. chicagofan - Oct 27, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    He is a lot smarter than I thought. I now respect him inspite of his past stupidity.His agent should have walked away.

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