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Jorge Sierra: Thunder guard Royal Ivey is now being represented by Jim Tanner. Ivey was formerly with Keith Glass, who now has no NBA clients. Twitter
Douby, who Glass would later assert was coerced to change agents by Miller and his high school coach, Jack Ringel, had spoken with Glass not long before firing him. And even if he didn't know it yet, Glass' three-year process of firing back had officially begun. "I was on the phone with Quincy, and he had not said anything, (but) I knew we had a problem (in their relationship)," Glass, who has been an agent for nearly 30 years, told FanHouse in what were his first extensive public comments about the case. "And I could tell that he was talking to somebody or somebody was talking to him as he was talking to me. I've known Quincy for years, and we'd gone through a lot. I could tell this conversation was not right. You didn't have to be a genius. He said to me, 'Mr. Glass, or Keith,' I'll call you back in five minutes, because he was being coached (by the person in the room). I never spoke to Quincy again in my life. FanHouse.com
"Then an hour later, the fax machine goes off, and me and Tyler (his son, a colleague in his firm and a former teammate of Douby's at Rutgers) looked at each other and went, 'Uh oh. Here comes my termination letter.' Then Tyler looks at me and says, 'It's Andy Miller.'" And so began the years of connect-the-dots detective work that led to the decision, one that has caught the attention of the NBA Players Association and could result in a change to the regulations that have been in place since 1991. FanHouse.com
Yet while the monetary amount in Glass' case is far inferior to what Fleisher was awarded, Glass hopes that the fact that he reached a successful decision, as opposed to a settlement, can cause what he sees as necessary change. "They settled that (Fleisher) verdict, and Eric probably isn't allowed to speak out on it," Glass said. "That verdict probably never went to the union, because that's a private settlement from the union. But the union is not hiding from this decision. "Monetarily, it did not really amount to much. (Polloway) got paid, and we made a little bit on it. There were expenses or whatever, but I would do it again tomorrow. And if other agents are reading (this story), I will do it again tomorrow. The point is that at some point somebody has to stand up and say, 'Look, as a man, I'm not Pollyanna, I know what's going on, but if you can prove it -- which is hard -- then you go and do it.'" FanHouse.com
And while the 40-page ruling that was obtained by FanHouse focuses mostly on how Miller orchestrated Douby's termination of Glass for his own benefit, a footnote on page 5 sheds light on the issue of side deals that so many agents say must be solved. According to the report, which was written by arbitrator George Nicolau, Ringel -- who coached Douby at Grady High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a father figure to him -- admitted taking $3,000 from agent Ken Glassman on behalf of Douby during his freshman season at Rutgers. Ringel, who claimed the money was spent by Glassman to keep Douby away from other agents, testified that he wasn't aware that such practices were prohibited under NCAA rules but said, as the report reads, that he "would have accepted the $3,000 even if he had known." That one example, numerous agents say, is merely the tip of an enormous iceberg that doesn't appear to be melting. FanHouse.com
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