SOME QUESTION IF JOHNNIE COCHRAN CAN HANDLE SPORTS SCENE
Published August 6, 1997
JOHNNIE COCHRAN'S L.A.-based Cochran Smith Sports Management will seek to represent "baseball players and boxers," in addition to basketball and football players, according to Dan Wasserman of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Cochran, who registered with the NFLPA and NBPA, will partner with LAMONT SMITH, who represents 52 NFL players, including BARRY SANDERS. Some competitors "question Cochran's credentials as an agent and his staying power in the business," and other observers "have criticized Cochran for playing and cashing in on the race card by repeatedly pointing out that there are disproportionately few black agents representing black athletes." But "few doubt he will enjoy uncommon early success." Agent KEITH GLASS: "I wonder what happens when he realizes that some of these kids he has to deal with, will make O.J. Simpson look like Mother Theresa" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/5).