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Philadelphia Phillies apparently turned stool pigeon for the NCAA

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Last week, Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler was suspended indefinitely by the NCAA by the school.

    Turns out it's because he had an agent representing him after the Phillies drafted him in the fifth round last year, but did not sign. That's a common practice (though they are technically called "advisors" and no money can exchange hands), and teams generally look the other way.

    How did the NCAA find out? From the Phillies:


    As you might expect, Ruben Amaro and the Phillies are getting pilloried over this. Just one more sign that they're a tone deaf organization ...
  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    This kid should sue the Phillies and the NCAA.
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

  4. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Maybe if he had actually signed, it wouldn't be an issue.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Players have sued and won before.


    This is just the NCAA and the Phillies getting into a snit because a barely 20-something kid decides to approach his career as a professional who understands the importance of negotiating. It's way easier when the kids don't get that.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Sorry I didn't think to look in a totally unrelated thread.
  7. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    Actually, Wetzler hasn't been suspended yet by the NCAA. Oregon State is sitting him down to wait and see how the NCAA will rule.
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    If the NCAA doesn't want to allow agents for athletes, then coaches shouldn't be able to have agents.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    How could the Phillies be liable for anything? Did they force him to hire an agent?
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Shut up, fucking idiot troll.
  11. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Oh screw yourself. As usual, you have nothing relevant to say.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    As idiotic as Mark usually is, he does have a point on this one. The Phillies, even though they did a douchebag thing, didn't do much more than tell the truth to the NCAA, which is that the player had an agent negotiating for him. Telling the truth isn't slanderous.

    Now, if the kid wants to go after the NCAA like the other player did because the NCAA cannot tell an attorney how to represent their clients, then have at it.
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