SBD/Issue 111/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Details Emerge Of Vincent's Correspondence Over Agent Info

NFLPA Investigating Vincent's
Compromising Of Agents' Information
The e-mail at the heart of the emerging controversy surrounding NFLPA Exec Dir candidate Troy Vincent was sent on December 13, 2007. In it, Vincent gave specific instructions to his business partner, Mark Mangum, to download confidential information about leading player agents. Vincent allegedly compromised the personal information of 41 top agents by sending their data to Mangum. The NFLPA is using its long-time outside counsel, Joseph Yablonski, to investigate the matter. Mangum and Vincent co-founded and co-own Eltekon, a financial services firm that serves NFL players as clients. Vincent’s e-mail instructs Mangum to “Please save this email to my desktop. Thanks Mark." The forwarded e-mail was sent to Vincent by Athelia Doggette, NFLPA Assistant Dir of Salary Cap & Agent Administration. Doggette wrote to Vincent, "Troy -- Attached is a spreadsheet of agents with 15 or more clients. The other files are pdf’s of there (sic) most recent applications. I did go ahead and print each application (easier to read) and then tabbed the page that asked them to list FA’s.” The letters “FA” mean “financial adviser." Doggette declined comment yesterday. Vincent did not return a call to his cell phone. Mangum did not return an e-mail.

AN HONEST MISTAKE? Sports Financial Advisors Association President Femi Shote spoke to Vincent and said he believed the ex-player made an honest mistake. Vincent, who was looking into ties between agents and financial advisers when he sent the e-mail, forwarded it to Mangum because he could not download the information on his PDA, Shote said. Shote, who called Vincent for an explanation Monday after SI.com first broke the news of the data leak, said that Vincent told him that in his capacity as NFLPA President he was investigating whether agents were using financial advisers to break a rule related to contact between agents and college juniors. Vincent sent Shote the e-mail and Shote faxed a copy of it to SportsBusiness Journal. Meanwhile, NFL player agents are seeking answers to what happened to their confidential information by calling the union’s lawyers seeking more information. The NFLPA yesterday sent an e-mail to the 41 player agents stating that the information on their lengthy, in-depth agent applications, including their Social Security numbers, was improperly sent to someone outside the NFLPA. That person is apparently Mangum.

EVIDENCE VINCENT DISCLOSED INFO: This comes as evidence collected by late NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw purporting to prove Vincent disclosed the confidential information to Mangum came to light recently when Upshaw’s office at the union’s DC HQs was cleaned out at the request of his widow, Terri. The file was turned over to current NFLPA President Kevin Mawae, who unveiled some of the information to the union’s exec committee during meetings in Dallas February 12-13. After the information was presented, the exec committee approved Vincent for the final pool by a 7-4 vote. SI.com reported last night that Upshaw had collected numerous internal e-mails from Vincent. That news comes just weeks before the NFLPA will meet in Hawaii to select its next Exec Dir. Vincent is one of three finalists for the job, along with DC-based attorney DeMaurice Smith and former NFLPA President Trace Armstrong.

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