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The State Tells You Who You Can and Cannot Talk To

October 25, 2006 by

And, prevents you from advancing your career:

-An assistant strength coach for LSU was arrested and accused of violating state law by inviting student athletes to his home to meet a sports agent and suggesting the agent should represent the athletes, LSU police said Tuesday.

Travelle Ernest Gaines, 26, of Port Allen, surrendered to university police and was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish prison, the university said in a statement.

It was the second arrest in two weeks connected to the school about violations of the law regulating sports agents in Louisiana, the university said…

University police arrested sports agent Charles Taplin, of Houston, earlier this month for attempting to contact student athletes.


Skip Oliva October 25, 2006 at 9:16 am

The actual Louisiana statute states “Only an athlete agent shall be allowed to contact an athlete. The use, encouragement, or solicitation of any intermediaries or third persons to contact an athlete by an athlete agent is prohibited.”

Andy Stedman October 25, 2006 at 9:42 am

The word in the title should be “tells,” not “tell’s.”

Aaron October 25, 2006 at 9:47 am

I did not hear about this story before. it is amazing how strict college and the “student athlete” are. i sort of agree with the arrest due to education should be first being that the person was a student athlete student being first.

andrew October 25, 2006 at 10:09 am

“i sort of agree with the arrest due to education should be first being that the person was a student athlete student being first”

1. Isn’t a primary reason of getting an education in the first place finding a better job?

2. The above scenario is already a violation of NCAA rules, which would warrant a suspension of the coach and/or penalties for LSU, as opposed to say, being arrested and hauled off to jail. Should Kenny Rogers have been hauled off to jail for having pine tar on his hand the other night?

TDL October 25, 2006 at 10:44 am

Without this law, however, any player could go off and generate revenues that they could participate in while LSU misses out. If LSU missed out on those revenues what would the world come to? It’s nice to see that schools can protect their investments by throwing people into jail.


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