Gary Wichard Dealing With Draft Week And Pending Lawsuit

Earlier today, Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Daily, reported that Gary Wichard and his company, Pro Tect Management, are being sued by his former client, Brian Bosworth. Bosworth is claiming that Wichard caused him to lose over $2 million based on referring Bosworth to a financial advisor (Judd Rothman of Rothman & Rothman in Patchogue, NY) who Wichard knew had engaged in fraudulent activity in the past.  Bosworth additionally notes that Wichard was receiving some sort of compensation for referring clients to Rothman.  The fact that Rothman has done business under the name of Pro Tect Business Management will not play in Wichard’s favor when he tries to distance himself as much as possible from whatever Rothman’s business practices entailed.

The timing of the filing of the lawsuit is interesting.  It was filed exactly one week prior to the first day of the 2010 NFL Draft.  If you take a look at many mock drafts, Pro Tect Management is leading all agencies in first round selections. Gary Wichard is on fire. Amongst his draft-eligible clients are Arrelious Benn (Illlinois), Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Everson Griffen (USC), Taylor Mays (USC), and C.J. Spiller (Clemson). While I do not anticipate the filing of the lawsuit by Brian Bosworth affecting Wichard’s status with any of his draft-eligible clients, it will be interesting to see what kind of consequences (if any) it has on his future business.[1]

 

 

 


[1] Posted by Darren A Heitner. Mr. Heitner is the Founder/CEO of Dynasty Athlete Representation, a sports agency based in the Florida. He is also the Founder/Chief Editor of  SportsAgentBlog.com and EntertainmentAgentBlog.com. Mr. Heitner has been interviewed on numerous occasions by sports radio and television shows including CNN, and has written for sports publications such as ESPN.com. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.