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Managing players' families is tricky

Agents, front offices can only do so much when demands put athletes in a bind

Originally Published: November 7, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

The reports about pressure on Cowboys lineman Tyron Smith to give money to family members, reaching the stage of 911 calls, resonated with me. In 25 years around professional athletes, as a player agent and a team executive, I learned that such situations are more prevalent than most people realize and have no easy answers.

The recent ESPN 30 for 30 film "Broke" detailed athletes' reckless spending and financial problems later in life. It gave a glimpse of some of ...

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