Sports Agency Sued for Poaching NBA Player with 'Hedonistic Parties'
A sports agency is suing another for poaching Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders by throwing him "hedonistic parties."
Sanders was dropped by Relativity sports agency after a disastrous first year in the league that saw him get sent to the Developmental League. He was then picked up by ASM Sports agency, which helped turn the player's career around by convincing him to party less and focus on conditioning his body.
ASM claims that they were working on a shoe deal and a $41 million contract for Sanders when Relativity, his former agency that dumped him, poached him and helped sign him to a $44 million contract. ASM is now suing for more than $6.6 million and filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court.
According to the New York Post:
Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency of Edgewater, NJ, filed suit in Manhattan against powerhouse Beverly Hills firm Relativity Sports, accusing them of playing dirty over Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders.
“Through the use of private planes, celebrity encounters and hedonistic parties,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit claims, Relativity poached Sanders after Miller’s firm turned him from bust to break out star, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court filing.
Miller claims he had negotiated a four-year, $41 million contract extension for Sanders before he was suddenly dropped in favor of Relativity and its big-wig execs Happy Walters and Dan Fegan.
Sanders’ new reps scored him a four-year, $44 million deal