Superagent Drew Rosenhaus should give back to Miami's black communities

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke expresses his disappointment in the guy who inspired Jerry Maguire.

So-called sports superagent Drew Rosenhaus has made millions of dollars exploiting African-American professional football players, so you'd think he would give his clients some pretty decent financial advice.

But you'd be wrong.

In the February issue of GQ, celebrity wide receiver Terrell Owens claims Rosenhaus recommended a lawyer and an investment firm that lost him millions of dollars. The lawyer, whom T.O. has sued, allegedly pushed him to invest $2 million in an ill-fated Alabama casino entertainment complex that landed the developer and an Alabama legislator in jail on bribery charges. Plus T.O. violated the NFL's policy prohibiting players from investing in gambling.

T.O. blames his agent. I'm not surprised. Rosenhaus, a University of Miami alum and North Miami native, burned Owens in 2005 when the wide receiver was booted off the Philadelphia Eagles. During a news conference, a Philly reporter accurately pointed out, "Drew, what have you done for T.O. — other than get him kicked off the team?"

Rosenhaus is the Gordon Gekko of the NFL, preaching a greed-is-good philosophy to the players he represents. The man who inspired Tom Cruise's Jerry Maguire character recklessly offers young black men the world. He'll throw a kid $50,000 just to sign with him and promise a house on Star Island. Instead of teaching his clients how to be responsible with their money, Rosenhaus shows them that football is all about living large. He sells only the glitz and glamour.

Rosenhaus has accumulated a net worth of $65 million by hustling football players from South Florida and those who attended the University of Miami. Heck, Miami Northwestern, Miami Jackson, Miami Central, and all the other local high school football powerhouses might as well find him a locker for all the time he has spent at those schools wooing the athletes he now represents. Yet he has never donated a dime to the youth programs in Overtown or Liberty City. He has never bought a helmet or a single book for the kids who could eventually end up on his client roster.

I'm sick and tired of Rosenhaus getting rich off the African-American community. He needs to give back. He can start by teaching football players from an early age about fiscal responsibility and saving for a rainy day.

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barrymezey
barrymezey

Sorry Luke. I didn't realize you are the same Luther Campell from 2 Live crew. You are a horrible role model for kids and you did put out the worst rap music of the 1980's a 90's that lead to high crime and womanizing nature of future hip hop music of today. You are a truly a scum bag. My friend tells me you used to walk into his dad's accounting firm with a gun in your belt in the early 90's. That's so atrocious and crazy.

barrymezey
barrymezey

BTW Luke, I'm a republican and a former democrat. I'd hate to bash your article even though I liked it for thought but you're blaming the agent who's job is to only acquire the players contract. TO has no one but himself to blame for his own financial mistakes as does everyone else who blows $200,000 in a weekend. However, if Rosenhaus did truly refer TO to people for investments then Rosenhaus should take some of the blame for the mistake of leading to someone who did not give good financial advice. But to demand Rosenhaus gives back financially to the poor black communities is just another Obama way to blame the rich guy who works hard his whole, life to create equal opportunities for those who don't work as hard and take advantage of the system or don't come up with unique ideas that make them the best at what they do which, is why they are rich and better than you in social status. You're just another democrat Luke who's a joke of a socialist. I can't wait to make Obama vomit that I'm now going to be making $450,000/ per year that's not taxable off my $6 Million investments in municipal bonds. Oh yeah and I'm a guy who just went from rags to riches due to hard work, determination and unique ideas.

barrymezey
barrymezey

FYI If Rosenhaus or I were to gift things in money or any physical donations of product sponsorship to community youth centers that promote amateur athletics he and I would void the NCAA eligibility of every single one of these kids. Its a nice thought Luke but I suggest you learn about NCAA Agent Bylaws related to amateurism and athletics. I am for giving free educational classes and motivational speaking engagements to poor community but violating these kids futures is not what I'm about with ruining their NCAA eligibility. My company procures corporate sponsorships for the All American Bowl. We are a sports marketing firm not NFL agent's.

barrymezey
barrymezey

Right on Luke. I loved the article.

 

Barry

 

CEO, Superstar Management GroupTM

Jeff Faulkner
Jeff Faulkner

I hear you luke . i just hope Rosenhouse hears or sees this post . Luke what we need to do is get that message out there to our younger african american kids from the overtown liberty city miami gardens area and educate them about what this guy is doing . I'm sure that there are a lot of good african american agents out there that we can direct our younger generation of future NFL ballers to . if you need help in spreading this message i would be more than happy to help . just get at my on the book and let me know .

Darrin_Z
Darrin_Z

Why do African American athletes not choose black sports Agents/Promotors?

DON KING's fleecing of Mike Tyson maybe?

When are you going to hold Don King accountable to give back to the Black Community?

Joie
Joie

Talk about the invisible knapsack of privilege. What many commenters fail to realize is that these young men, are plucked as early as 9 years old to be groomed into professional athletes. They are taken from neighborhoods with high crime rates and low incomes. The median household income in Liberty City is 18,000 dollars. What can you teach your children about earning 10 MILLION DOLLARS a year. How can you even fathom that amount of money?

For a man who has garnered a 65 million dollar estate from the talent of poor Black boys from disadvantaged backgrounds, I think spending a couple of dollars on a Suze Orman tape is the LEAST he can do. Public schools don't teach us about fiscal responsibility and I have college educated friends who struggle with financial management. We complain about the government and treat this paradigm of greed as a man practicing the basics of capitalism. Rosenhous should be a staple in the philanthropic committee.

And when your household earns 18k and the only investment made into your future is based on your ability to run a 4 minute mile, then yes I do expect that you will be easily pursuaded to sign your life away at the promise of fortune and fame. If you don't think your AGENT is supposed to tell you something about financial management then you should be in public schools in low income areas telling people how to manage their 401k

guest
guest

sorry luther but ur a joke as is this column

guest
guest

Are you kidding me? Luke puts on some glasses and now he feels he is qualified to start passing judgement about who is hurting the african American community

First of all, let's remember that this is the person who put out some of the worst rap music in the 80's, and no I am not just talking about how vulgar it was. This guy led the charge in the objectification of women, materialistic views, and was an overall horrible role model for african american youth. Horrible! Don't give me the "he showed kids it was possible to escape the hood if you follow your dreams" crap either, there are hundreds of ways to do that without being a total scumbag and poor example for children.

Secondly, let's put aside who actually made the statement and look at the point of the article, that Drew should "give back". To "give back" implies that he has been "given" something in the first place. Drew performs a service and get paid to perfome the service. There is no "giving" in that transaction, there is a fair exchange between to willing parties who have options of going to other people for the exchange if they so choose. Both parties feel that the exchange is fair or else they would not participate. Drew has secured over a billion dollars in contract revenue for his clients, many of whom are the african american men referred to in the article. After he secures the contract revenue, he has performed his part of the transaction. If you dont recognize it yet, this is free market capitalism at work.

There have been dozens of agents who have abused their relationship with their clients and caused severe damage, anyone remember Tank Black? If not, google him. The performance of Drew's services has put his clients in a situation to succeed and have a lifetime of financial security. Let's not take away any responsibility from the players and more importantly their incompetent and sometimes criminal financial advisors and or accountants, because they are the ones who are actually paid to perform the service of helping the players keep the money that Drew helps them earn. They are the ones who need to "give back" because they are the ones who have taken something from the community.

Put your focus elsewhere Luke, you are way off. Start telling kids how wrong you were to act the way you did back in the day before you start crticizing others.

Let's Blame Others
Let's Blame Others

Not sticking up for Rosenhaus but it's kinda hard to be an agent and simultaneously gift things to schools and players. It's already well known he has the monopoly in that area much less without publicly gifting things. There may well be things he's done for people around there that you don't know about nor probably ever would or could (hush system). It's one thing to donate or be a booster of sorts for those schools or community programs and be within NCAA guidelines but it's another thing to just "give back" as you put it.

Also, the last time I checked, no one MADE those players do anything irresponsible with their money. No one exploited them to play professional football. Similarly, no one MAKES girls work at Hooters... How about instead of saying the agent should be teaching financial responsibility to youngsters you put the responsibility back on the parents and schools themselves.

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Isn't this just the Jan. 31 column Drew Rosenhaus Is the Gordon Gekko of Sports Agents, with a few words changed??? wtf?

John Q Public
John Q Public

While I don't disagree with Lukes request that Rosenhaus give back more to the communityhe takes from I have a problem with Luke using of all people T.O. as an example ofDrew not looking out for his clients.

Aren't T.O. and the other NFL players Drew represents adults? Is Drew hired as a baby sitter?Is anyone writing columns when us regular folk get bad advice, make bad investments and end up broke without having had the fun of "living large" as Luke suggests Rosenhaus's clients have?

Sorry Luke, I can't seem to muster any sympathy much less empathy for the T.O's of the world.

It's fine to ask Rosenhaus to give back (he can certainly afford it) but the reasons you cite and the person you use as an example ruin your argument.

Robert
Robert

LMAO at "instead of teaching them to be responsible with their money."He gets them millions from wealthy white guys. That's his job. Period.If a guy wants to go out and spend $200,000 on a gold chain, it's likely not the agents fault.

smash44
smash44

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Typical black whining, squealing, moaning time-worn mantra: Blame everybody but yourselves.

steven miragliotta
steven miragliotta

Really Luke?? Luke you are like a 5 year old always putting the blame on someone else personally I thnk Rosenhaus is a scumbag but he did not buy 3 houses and and ten cars that was T.O. he made millions of dollars and now he is broke boo hoo who gives a shit Rosenhaus get the money for these kids now what they do with it after that is on them own up to your responsiblities.

James Hall
James Hall

Thats right Luke. Call out everybody who is milking the black community dry. Finally a journalist I can relate to. Wayne, Baby & pussy ass Khalid you have yet to do anything for any local optimist club. Im from overtown and the streets are talkin. Pat Riley & Micky Arison needs stop giving these niggas tickets to heat games. If they want to be apart of our community but dont wanna give back, They need to get the fuck from down here.

Joshua Allen
Joshua Allen

This is the dumbest article I have read in a long time. I think it's funny that a man who made millions exploiting and objectifying women in his 'music' is wagging his finger at Drew Rosenhaus. I'll bet this clown is a registered Democrat...

Largebill
Largebill

What utter nonsense. People should give to charities or other organizations if they feeled called to do so. When people do decide to give they should not be racist about their giving and specify a particular demographic to help. Also, someone shouldn't give just because some racist fool writes a newspaper article trying to lay a guilt trip on him.

John
John

You don't put the blame on the parents of the players? It's their responsibility to raise their children to be able to make good choices, not Drew's.

Adrian
Adrian

Actually, the man who inspired Tom Cruise's character in Jerry Mcaguire is Leigh Steinberg. But yano, whatever you have to say to get your point across.

chris n
chris n

If I was drafted in the first round, I would not get an agent. You have already performed so well that your well known. Pay structure is easy to figure out based on when your drafted. Why give an agent such a large slice of the pie?

colq101
colq101

Holly s*^T if that aint the pot calling the kettle black!!! You got rich off the female community mr pop the coochy and you wouldnt have one thin dime if you didnt rip a certain Asian quote from a movie...

guest
guest

Man,you really tell it like it is, why I love your articles and mind. This guy has been getting away with this for most of his career and any player who signs with him is only doing it for the cheese.

NFL does nothing, knows about much, hides it because he intimidates him. I don't think he or his brother are allowed on U M campus for practices but as you know, he has so many runners it's hard to catch him.

Keep it up Luke

Miapytfl
Miapytfl

If that ain't the truth I don't know what is.

denpaul1
denpaul1

Look in the arenas of all sporting events 99% of fans that buy the tickets that support theplayers are white.So the players need to give back to little white kids for a change.

randrand run
randrand run

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Goober
Goober

Luke, why is it Rosenhaus' job to manage their money? It's not enough that he gets it for them? These are grown men for God's sake! Grow up and take responsibility, stop blaming the "white man" for everything!

michael wind
michael wind

all along the beach in miami dade ,all local police are racist.

Tom Connor
Tom Connor

T.O.NEEDS TO GET A LIFE NO ONE TOLD HIM TO DICK 4 DIFERENT WOMEN AND HAVE KIDS AND THE NFL HAS A MEETING WHEN YOU GET THERE ABOUT FINANCE DRUGS OUTSIDE TROUBLESO U BIG A.H. SHUT UPAND GO AWAY MAYBE THIS IS PAYBACK FOR ATTIUDE PUNK GO BUY A 357 AND USE IT ON YOURSELF

mabella
mabella

You are such a racist!!!His clients should give back to the black community!

Eduardo
Eduardo

Wow, according to you black athletes are illiterate morons that need to have their hands held at all times or else they'll piss themselves. Rosenhaus needs to teach young black kids about fiscal responsibility? Um, how bout the parents teach the kids fiscal responsibility? How bout the COLLEGE athletes take a course in, I don't know, Finance? Keep blaming the white man, bro. As long as you blame others for your problems you never have to improve yourself. It's always someone else's fault.

dlkc2000
dlkc2000

@barrymezey I'm pretty sure all the players he has signed have worked 10 times harder than that scumbag who comes from money could have ever worked.  He's a con artist and despicable human being.  He needs to donate and give back to try and buy his way out of burning in hell forever

John Q Public
John Q Public

What a partisan hack you are.

Republican, democrat, whats the difference, all politicians want toeff you.

Bigtrav1978
Bigtrav1978

Luke Skywalker did a lot for his community.

randrand run
randrand run

CORPORATIONS NEED TO SHARE MORE WITH THE COMMUNITY - GOD-ALMIGHTY!!!-THE PLAYERS EARN MORE MONEY THEN GOD HIMSELF---WHICH IS ANOTHER ISSUE OF CONTENTION!!!

randrand run
randrand run

THEY POLICE THE "THUGGA-THONS"----BUT-PERHAPS-SWINGING A CANNON AT THE FOLKS IS A BIT DRACONIAN--HMM-HAVE TO THINK THAT ONE THROUGH---!

randrand run
randrand run

TOMMY, BABY-SUCH LOVE AND CARING AND TOLERANCE-MY FRIEND! DID YOUR CANDIDATE BITE YOUR EARS OFF TODAY-WHAT BE YO PROBLEM HERE, DUDE?!

chris n
chris n

Share? lol Your a bum. If the communlty wont do for itself, then why do anything for the community. Why is it always whites giving to blacks? Are they not equil?

 
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