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Report: George Karl being sued by long-time agent

Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl directs his team against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland Reuters

George Karl took home Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Denver Nuggets to the best home record in the league last season, and a record good enough to secure the three-seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Karl was fired by the team this summer, however, after demanding a contract extension beyond the upcoming season. He also reportedly clashed with management on how best to use his players.

The Nuggets aren’t the only party with whom Karl has recently had issues. Apparently, his long-time agent and he are involved in some kind of dispute.

From Jeff Bell of BizJournals.com:

Former National Basketball Association coach George Karl is being sued by his long-time agent, Columbus attorney Bret Adams, in a payment dispute.

Adams filed suit in U.S. District Court in Columbus on Wednesday, claiming Karl has refused to pay him since January, allegedly breaching a contract between the two. The suit says the contract calls for Adams to receive $10,000 a month from Karl. He is asking for compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, attorney fees and other costs. …

Adams told me in an email he is hoping for an immediate resolution of the dispute, calling a Karl a 20-year friend and client.

This obviously has little to do with money, given the amount of it Karl has made over the lifetime of his career in basketball. Let’s hope that whatever personal issues are involved here get resolved fairly quickly to the satisfaction of both sides.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I think once you sue your “friend”, it’s safe to say that friendship is over!

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Yup. Though, when your friend owes you money, it’s a bit of a strain on the friendship too.

    • allstardancepro - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      This suit ISN’T about money. Bret Adams has protected George Karl for over 20 years on both professional and personal matters that have NEVER made it to the media. If you want the facts then here they are. George WAS NOT involved in ANY player transactions with the Nuggets for the past 3 years because of problems George created and the Nuggets that resulted in the Nuggets realizing that they couldn’t trust him. George also negotiated transactions under the LLC between George and Mr. Adams WITHOUT Mr Adams knowledge. George also said in recent affidavits that Mr Adams is the BEST attorney/agent/friend that he has ever had. This is NOT personal, it’s purely business. George Karl also lied under oath claiming he knew NOTHING about the transaction that he himself signed,

    • allstardancepro - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      That being said, a true friend won’t screw you for money, especially when Mr. Adams has had George’s back for over 20years.

  2. raycharlesj - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Money issues ruin it’s fair share of friendships, a lot of the time you find out they claimed to be your “friend” only because of the money in the first place!!!

  3. allstardancepro - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    This suit ISN’T about money. Bret Adams has protected George Karl for over 20 years on both professional and personal matters that have NEVER made it to the media. If you want the facts then here they are. George WAS NOT involved in ANY player transactions with the Nuggets for the past 3 years because of problems George created and the Nuggets that resulted in the Nuggets realizing that they couldn’t trust him. George also negotiated transactions under the LLC between George and Mr. Adams WITHOUT Mr Adams knowledge. George also said in recent affidavits that Mr Adams is the BEST attorney/agent/friend that he has ever had. This is NOT personal, it’s purely business. George Karl also lied under oath claiming he knew NOTHING about the transaction that he himself signed,

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