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Dwight Howard’s agent defends spin after confirming he leaked details of meeting with Magic

Jul 28, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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“They started it!”

This is what professional business negotiations have, once again, turned into, in the NBA.

A day after David Stern outed Dwight Howard agent Dan Fegan as the source of leaks concerning Howard’s meeting with the Orlando Magic this week, Fegan hit the media again, this time with regards to why he leaked details of the meeting.

It wasn’t his fault!

The Magic started it! He swears!

From ESPN, in an email that was no doubt distributed across the board:

“On the morning prior to Wednesday’s supposedly confidential meeting between Dwight Howard and Rob Hennigan, there were media reports stating a meeting was taking place later that same day,” wrote agent Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited in an email. “Prior to the actual meeting, Dwight’s business manager and I met with Rob, reminded him that we had not requested the meeting, had been reluctant to take it and were concerned that the Magic had leaked that a meeting was taking place.

“Both during and after the meeting, we continued to get communications from the media telling us that they had confirmation that the meeting was occurring and/or had taken place. After the meeting, some media requested comments on information they allegedly already had on what had taken place in the meeting. I want to stress that none of the information the reporters had about the meeting at this point came from us.

“After receiving these media inquiries, I called Rob and left several messages expressing concern that what had occurred in the meeting was not going to be accurately reported — as had happened on previous occasions — and that we were going to respond to the media inquiries to make sure that reports were accurate. To a limited extent, that is what we did.”

via Dwight Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, confirms David Stern’s accusation – ESPN Los Angeles.

Oh, he just wanted to clear things up. Just to make sure things were accurate.

Got it.

/eyebrow raise

Look, the Magic aren’t innocent in all this. They’re playing games through the media. They’ve just been substantially more quiet about it than the Nets and Howard’s team. But if Fegan’s leaking this information, the reporters are forced to report on it, because it’s a credible source. It’s his agent, who was at the meeting. The problem is that that source is transparently and emphatically trying to shift the public conversation in one direction: Dwight’s way. That’s his job. This isn’t Fegan’s fault, either. He’s doing his job to protect and serve his client.

But if one side says something happened in the meeting, and I’m sure it was “accurate” from their perspective, why not get the other side’s take? Why not get what the Magic have to say about it?

Because the Magic know they don’t gain anything by leaking that information. Even if they did leak that Howard was meeting with the team, that’s an innocuous leak. There’s no real gain for them there. “Team meets with player they have on contract.” But the details are what caused an uproar. The Magic aren’t leaking their side, they’re not leaking that they met with Howard but did not meet to try and convince him to stay, or anything about the intent of the meeting, which was something Fegan let loose which apparently they interpreted as Hennigan trying to convince Howard to stay, when he’s clearly not. The Magic aren’t leaking more harmful information about what Howard did.

It hurts their leverage. It limits their ability to trade him. It keeps them stuck in this never-ending cycle of misery everyone, including the media at this point, is trapped in.

The Magic don’t need to meet with Howard. Howard doesn’t need to meet with the Magic. No one needs to leak anything. The Magic need to work to find the deal they need, get it, trade him, and forget Dwight Howard ever happened to the franchise.

Such a shame for something that brought so many people in Florida joy for so many years.

It is kind of weird that the fourth wall has been broken with Fegan himself becoming the story. Don’t see that happen much. Then again, nothing about this process of holding a team hostage to try and force Howard’s way to Brooklyn has been normal.

  1. Mr. Jones - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

    • bearsandjazz - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      I hate it when D-Bags do this……nobody wants to go to your $hitty blog you wanna be journalist.

  2. latchbeam - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Who is his agent? Pee Wee Herman? “They started it…” Next he’s going to say “I know you are, but what am I.”

  3. jagwar73 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Miss the days of player pride. Help build a winner where you are. I guess they would have if Dwight wasn’t as offensively limited…

  4. shockexchange - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    The league has been a “player’s marke” for years now. Players holding teams hostage is a fact of life.

  5. therealhtj - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    If Fegan was so concerned about his client’s best interests, he would have tied him up in a rubber room and thrown away the key before letting him commit the worst mistake of his professional life and sign that ridiculous opt-in.

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    These people are so hyper sensitive. So what that a meeting has taken place. His reputation has taken a hit because he’s a man-child; and that won’t change.

  7. lakerluver - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Why won’t the Magic stop begging and make the 3 way deal with the LAKERS and Rockets?!! Ship D12’s butt to L.A. so my beloved LAKERS can get down to the business of winning more titles in the Kobe Era.

  8. vstyle23 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    I always wondered who Dwight associated with because it would explain his behavior and yep, it explains his behavior. There both immature

  9. phillyaces - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Not shocking that a clown is represented by another clown.

  10. chiadam - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Soooo tired of Dwight Howard. Please, please, please go away. Just stop. Shut the **** up for five consecutive minutes and let us breathe. He’s EASILY the most despised player in the NBA. So, congratulations. A$$hole.

  11. tjm843 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    A immature player with a immature agent. Go figure.

  12. nightrain42 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    The magic need to move on. Trade him now, and start rebuilding. They won’t get a Melo type haul with the new rules so take a deal and move on.

  13. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Let’s start a petition for PBT to not post anymore Dwight Howard articles until he is actually traded…who’s with me?

  14. 49erminer4life - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Mr. Howard this is the guy directing your career. He making you the biggest joke in League history. The only way ya rep could bounce back is to end up with the Lakers. Anywhere else and your done. You need chips to justify your actions.

  15. mgavin78 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Orlando needs to get this over with ASAP.
    DH is a baby.

  16. malcom1985 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Don’t blame Dwight Howard, blame the media for soiling themselves every time his name is mentioned. You want Dwight Howard to go away? Tell the media to stop talking about him. It’s that simple.

  17. lakerluver - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    All you bros dogging D12 need to STOP!! Ok, the dude’s coming off sorta like a diva. I give you that. HOWEVER, if that 7 ft 270 lb defensive savant diva had your favorite team on his list you wouldn’t be criticizing him. And you would darn sure cheer for him if your team were to get him!! I’m sick of this crap too but if my LAKERS can get Howard I will instantly become a big fan of his!! It’s all about the golden Larry O’Brien trophy, bros!!

  18. boobcok - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Dwight Howard has officially become the new Brett Favre. Holding every off season hostage like an attention whore. Now all he has to do is start sending unsolicited pictures of his junk to women. Incidentally that’s the only category that Greg Oden leads him in.

  19. jamierph - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    At least now we have no doubt as to why Dwight is perceived this poorly.

  20. luvsheat - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Please God, don’t send this freak to the Lakers!!

  21. lakerluver - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Please God, send this freak to my beloved LAKERS!!

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