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GETTING A BAD RAP-TOR? AGENT SAYS HE PAID CAMBY $40,000
Published July 25, 1997
Former CT-based sports agent John Lounsbury said that over two years, he "lavished $40,000 worth of cash and gifts" on former UMass and current Raptors F Marcus Camby, according to Armstrong & Golden of the BOSTON GLOBE. Lounsbury also said that he paid Camby's teammate Michael Williams and former UConn and current Bucks G Ray Allen. He is "expected to testify" for CT-based attorney Wesley Spears, a "would-be-agent" who also paid Camby. Spears is now accused of trying to blackmail Camby. Lounsbury, on paying the players: "I was wrong, no question. But a lot of other people who should be held accountable are now making millions of dollars." Armstrong & Golden: "Lounsbury detailed far more payments to Camby than [Camby] ... ever admitted. Camby has only admitted taking $2,000 in cash from Lounsbury in the summer of '95, after his sophomore season. Armstrong & Golden, on Camby's relationship with Lounsbury during his time at UMass: "Camby used Lounsbury for a premature taste of the glittering lifestyle that awaited him when he would turn pro" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/25). MORE TROUBLES FOR UCONN? Armstrong & Golden write that "according to sources, Lounsbury's payment and other alleged gifts from agents to [Ray] Allen ... are now being investigated" by UConn. Allen's manager, Mark Christie, confirmed that attorney Rick Evrard was hired by UConn and "is seeking to question Allen." Evrard handled the appeals of UConn's Ricky Moore and Kirk King for accepting airline tickets in '95 (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/25).