Atlanta Falcons manbeast Julio Jones is arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver. That wasn’t immediately true when he entered the league in 2011. He earned that status. But let’s be honest, the potential was there. If you were a sports agent, wouldn’t you want to represent Julio? The bottom line is this: if you found yourself in Julio’s circle circa 2011, you were definitely excited. Predictably he’s steadily improved and now the Falcons have a dominant, nearly unstoppable force at WR1 that’s averaged almost 100 receiving yards a game over his six seasons as a pro.
Jones is currently represented by sports agent Jimmy Sexton. Sexton’s former partner, Pat Dye, Jr., is suing him. A large part of that lawsuit deals with Dye’s assertion that Sexton essentially stole Jones when he dissolved their partnership during Jones’ rookie year.
Among other things, Sexton is accused of stealing away key clients when he left SportsTrust Advisors for Creative Artists Agency in 2011 [... t]he lawsuit was filed Jan. 6, 2016, in Georgia Superior Court, but remains tied up in appeals regarding which court will hear the case. Sexton and Dye merged their sports agencies in 2010, but split up a little more than a year later when Sexton left to join CAA.
Again, Dye isn’t saying Jones did anything wrong. In short, he’s blaming Sexton for his under the table, hush hush courtship of Jones and Jones’ family just prior to the dissolution of their partnership. Fast forward roughly six years and this legal battle is just getting started. When all is said and done, Julio could be ten years into his career. Because it’s sure to be a rather lucrative career, one can certainly empathize with Dye. Your thoughts?