Saints running back Reggie Bush and his family appear to have accepted gifts, money, and other benefits worth more than $100,000 from two marketing agents while the Heisman Trophy winner was still playing at Southern California, according to an Internet report.
Yesterday's report on Yahoo.com says Michael Michaels, a marketing agency investor who wanted to represent the football star, and current Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein lavished Bush and his family with gifts while he was still at USC.
Speculation over whether Bush and his family received money arose earlier this year in reports that his mother and stepfather didn't pay $54,000 in rent during the year they lived in a house owned by Michaels, who later said the family promised to repay him once Bush went pro.
Any improper benefits could lead to NCAA sanctions against USC and retroactively cost Bush his college eligibility and Heisman Trophy.
Roaf officially retires
Chiefs left tackle Willie Roaf
, an 11-time Pro Bowler, officially announced his retirement. Roaf, 36, had retired on the eve of training camp in July, but left the door open to a return . . . Chiefs quarterback Trent Green
(concussion) will miss his first game in five years when Kansas City visits Denver Sunday. Damon Huard
will get the start, his first since 2000 . . . Chargers linebacker Steve Foley's
blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he was shot by an off-duty police officer Sept. 3, and investigators want to find out whether steroids may have been a factor in his erratic behavior. Prosecutors requested a sample of Foley's blood to test for performance-enhancing drugs, according to an affidavit for a search warrant . . . Jaguars cornerback Brian Williams
pleaded no contest to drunken-driving charges stemming from his arrest Sept. 2.
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