Michael Beasley Wins Lawsuit Against Former Agent Joel Bell

NBA player and local product Michael Beasley has won a lawsuit against his former agent Joel Bell, meaning that he won't have to pay Bell any damages after firing him earlier this year.

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Michael Beasley Lawsuit: Judge Rules In Beasley's Favor, Former Agent Joel Bell Will Appeal

Michael Beasley has won the lawsuit he filed against former agent Joel Bell in Montgomery County Court, according to Steve Yanda of the Washington Post. The judge ruled that Beasley could break the contract with Bell without having to pay the agent any penalties.

Judge Thomas L. Craven ruled Nov. 29 that Bell could not enforce the player-agent contract he and Beasley signed in April 2008 because Bell had operated without a sports agent license in the state of Maryland. Thus, Craven granted summary judgment to Beasley based on the judge’s finding that the contract with Bell was void.

“The Maryland Uniform Athlete Agent Act exists to regulate agents and protect student-athletes. It functioned as intended in this situation, and justice was done,” Mark A. Smith, Beasley’s attorney, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Bell will have 30 days to file an appeal. The case came down to the fact that Bell never became a licensed agent in the State of Maryland, so he isn't entitled to the same protections that a licensed agent would receive. Bell was however licensed in the state of Kansas, where he signed Beasley after he played at Kansas State.


Michael Beasley Lawsuit: Curtis Malone Issues Statement, Says Lawsuit Is 'Baseless'

In a press release, D.C. Assault president Curtis Malone responded to the lawsuit Minnesota Timberwolves forward and Maryland native Michael Beasley filed against him by calling it "baseless." The Washington Post has Malone's full statement:

“DC Assault has always been more than just basketball to me and the children that participate are family. My goal when creating DC Assault was to provide these children an opportunity to do something better with their lives on and off the court and that still is the case. I believe this case will ultimately be thrown out of court , because its premise is baseless. This will not stop me from continuing the mission of the DC Assault.”

Beasley's suit alleges Joel Bell, his former agent, funded Malone's D.C. Assault program and provided gifts to Beasley's family in exchange for Malone steering Beasley to sign with Bell, which Beasley contends robbed him of the chance to explore signing with other agents. Beasley terminated his contract with Bell in Sept. 2008--just over a month before his rookie season with the Miami Heat was due to begin.

Discovery for this lawsuit will take place Oct. 31, with a pre-trial hearing set for Nov. 3.


Michael Beasley Lawsuit: Suit Claims Head Of D.C. Assault Steered Beasley Towards Particular Representation

Michael Beasley has filed a lawsuit that claims that an agent funded the D.C. Assault AAU program that Beasley grew up playing in, and as a result the head of that program felt obliged to steer Beasley towards that agent when it was time to find professional representation. The agent was Joel Bell, who represented Beasley until he was fired recently. Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post has a phenomenal breakdown on the whole case and exactly what the issues are, but the crux of the case is boiled down here.

Barring a settlement, the court must decide whether Beasley is a 22-year-old trying to avoid paying Bell his commission by firing him after he had virtually completed his work. In the case of Beasley’s countersuit, at issue is whether the player was denied appropriate representation by people seeking to cash in on relationships built during his teenage years.

Beasley feels as though Bell provided funds for the D.C. Assault program to get Beasley to choose him as representation down the line. There was an original suit filed against Beasley by Bell to pay him a bonus that he was owed despite being fired, this is a counter-suit by Beasley so he doesn't have to pay Bell back.

This is not a good situation for Beasley or Bell, but particularly the D.C. Assault program. They are one of the more recognizable programs in the area if not the Nation, and any controversy, especially with one of their most recognizable players, can't be good for them.


Michael Beasley Files Lawsuit Alleging Former Agent, D.C. Assault Coach Provided Improper Benefits

NBA player and local product Michael Beasley has filed a lawsuit against his former agent claiming he gave money to the D.C. Assault AAU team and Beasley's family in return for professional representation.

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