|Saturday, April 20
Top pick's former agent alleges wrongdoing in lawsuit
ESPN.com news services
David Carr already has a deal in place with the Houston Texans before this weekend's NFL draft, so there might as well be a lawsuit regarding the No. 1 pick already on the books, too.
Carr's former agent, Frank Bauer, filed a lawsuit on Friday accusing Octagon, which now represents Carr, of "unfair competition and interfering with a contract," the SportsBusiness Journal reported.
Bauer claims in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court that Octagon employees conspired to steal Carr away from him by making "disparaging remarks" to cast Bauer "in a false light to David Carr," reported the Journal. The suit says Octagon officials recruited and solicited Carr after he was already under contract to Bauer and is asking for any money made off Carr, which would be well in excess of $1 million.
The suit names Octagon Football, Octagon Marketing and Athlete Representation Inc. and The Interpublic Group of Cos., Octagon's parent corporation, as defendants.
The Fresno State quarterback signed with Bauer on Jan. 1, but fired him barely more than two weeks later. The Journal story says Carr fired Bauer after receiving a letter that contained a copy of a lawsuit filed against a company with a similar name to Bauer's firm, and a copy of an old news story about how Bauer's former partner was accused of hiring someone to commit murder with a bow and arrow.
Even though Bauer had nothing to do with the lawsuit or the murder case, Carr fired him and hired agent Mike Sullivan, head of Octagon's football practice.
Sullivan, a co-defendant in the lawsuit, told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, "The lawsuit is without merit and we will deal with it at the appropriate time. Now is not the appropriate time."
In addition to Carr, Octagon also represents many other high-profile, potential first-round draft picks, including Quentin Jammer, Ashley Lelie and Napoleon Harris.
Frank Bauer has not been available for comment and has not returned calls left by ESPN.com.
Following his selection at the draft, Carr will return to Houston to sign a seven-year contract worth $46.2 million, which on Friday was approved by the NFL.