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SBJ/January 21 - 27, 2002/Labor Agents
Carr considers agents again after letter
Published January 21, 2002
Draft prospect David Carr
Fresno State quarterback David Carr was re-interviewing agents last week after receiving an anonymous letter containing an old news article about a former sports agent accused of hiring someone to kill his business partner with a bow and arrow.
Despite the lack of a connection between the 13-year-old crime and Frank Bauer, the agent Carr hired two weeks ago, the player reopened the hiring process after getting the letter.
A former partner of Bauer's was tried twice for the 1989 murder but wasn't convicted.
Sheryl Carr, the quarterback's mother, said last week that Bauer disclosed the incident to the family during a lengthy interview process, but that the family didn't know all the details. She said her son was scared by the story and the letter.
"When you hear something about it, but you don't know all the details, you're scared," said Sheryl Carr. The letter also contained a copy of a lawsuit that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, a former client of Bauer, had filed against a company with a name similar to Bauer's Sun West Sports. Bauer had no connection to the company.
Agents David Dunn of Athletes First, Mike Sullivan of Octagon and Bauer were all being re-interviewed last week, said Sheryl Carr.
"Frank Bauer is a wonderful person" and may still be retained by the quarterback, Carr said. "It's a difficult decision and David just wants to be sure."
Bauer said he understood Carr's hesitation.
"David is a great person and a fantastic athlete," he said. "I will support whatever decision he makes."
Bauer added that the anonymous letter "is a telling example of the depths that some people will sink to when chasing a buck."
Richard Berthelsen, general counsel for the NFL Players Association, said the union would like to know who sent the letter "because it appears to be a blatant interference with a contractual relationship."