For the second time in eight months, agent Pat Lawlor was fired by an Arizona Cardinals star.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu parted ways with Lawlor on July 16, Lawlor said. In a text message conversation, Mathieu said that he wanted to go in a different direction, Lawlor said.
"The typical response you get," Lawlor added.
Lawlor, who was fired by Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson in November, didn't see any signs that Mathieu was unhappy as a client. The two, Lawlor added, had an amicable break up.
"Before Patrick let me go (Patrick and I) had no issues whatsoever," Lawlor said. "Tyrann, same thing. Not one thing. Not one argument. Not one issue came up. It's likely other agents are in his face, just constantly pounding. He's a high-profile player. That's the nature of the game."
Mathieu's on-field success as well as his off-field evolution has made him a marketable face across the NFL. The second-year player recently spoke to this year's rookie class at the NFL rookie symposium. He also was attended a Nike camp and spent time in Los Angeles, where he shot a commercial.
Lawlor stopped short of accusing other agents of poaching Mathieu and said he wouldn't be filing a grievance with the NFLPA. Lawlor said he and Joel Segal, the super agent Peterson signed with, have had "really good conversations" since Peterson fired Lawlor. He added that Mathieu and Peterson are close friends, implying it's no surprise Mathieu followed suit.
On July 15, a day before Lawlor said he was fired, Mathieu signed with EAG Sports Management, according to the agency's twitter account, to handle some of his marketing. It's the same agency that represents Peterson.
Mathieu is entering the second year of a four-year contract with the Cardinals and will earn about $647,000 this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Mathieu had to wait five days before signing with another agent or agency, which means he could have signed starting Tuesday. The Cardinals report to training camp on Friday at University of Phoenix Stadium and Mathieu's recovery from a torn LCL and ACL may keep him sidelined for the duration of camp.
Lawlor had high praise for Mathieu as a person and player, saying the two had gone through a lot. He helped Mathieu transition to the NFL after spending a year out of football following a suspension at LSU for drug use. Mathieu, at one point a projected high first-round pick, dropped to the third round amid speculation about his character and off-field issues. But Lawlor worked with Mathieu through it all.
"I'm thrilled to death for him," Lawlor said. "I just hope he recovers and gets to play at the level he's playing at and has a long career. I really do."