clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UPDATED - Bush fires Agent Ornstein

Updated with more details below. - Paragon

In a move that could be viewed as suspicious at best Reggie Bush fired his agent Mike Ornstein.


The New Orleans running back declined to comment after practice on Thursday, but Ornstein, who is based in Los Angeles, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that he was no longer working for Bush.

"We had a great run together," Ornstein said. "Reggie's a special, special guy. The most special I've ever been around in my 20-plus years in sports. We'll remain great friends."

Bush's assortment of endorsements includes deals with Subway, Hummer, PepsiCo, Adidas, Visa, EA Sports, Gameloft, GoldToe socks, GTSM Memorabilia, Schutt Sports and Halcyon Jets.

Who knows what this really means but with all the other stuff flying around in regards to Lloyd Lake meeting with the NCAA in regards to Bush allegedly receiving improper benefits it is sure to make on think.

Go figure...


I’m not really sure how much of this is rumor or true but I caught this over at Pro-Football’s rumor mill.

POSTED 5:32 a.m. EST, November 9, 2007


In the wake of the news that Saints running back Reggie Bush has parted ways with marketing agent Mike Ornstein, we've heard that one of the causes for the split was the chronic inability of Ornstein and Bush lawyer David Cornwell to get along.

We're told that it got to the point that both men were working to get the other one ousted, and that Bush eventually decided that he needed to focus on football and not on all of the collateral drama.

The specific catalyst, we're told, is that Cornwell helped to convince Bush that Ornstein was being indiscreet in some of his comments to others.

Surely, the recent lawsuit filed against Bush by Lloyd Lake fueled the conflict, especially since the complaint seems to implicate Ornstein by alleging that an unnamed person made payments to Bush and his family in November 2005. Cornwell, as we've been told, plans to use the Miller-Ayala Athlete Agent Act in defending against the case. But if Lake was in violation of the Act, the unnamed person who apparently is Ornstein potentially was in violation of the Act, too, and it all could come out in the lawsuit.

And now that the situation involving Lake has resulted not only in the apparent implication of Ornstein but also in a situation that could result in Bush losing his Heisman Trophy, Ornstein had good reason to be complaining to Bush and others about Cornwell's handling of the case -- and that most likely contributed to any hard feelings between Ornstein and Cornwell.

This story is so bizarre I don’t know what to believe, but the Ornstein angle to me has been underreported and could be far more damning. But that is just my opinion.

What a mess…