Posted February 07, 2013

Alex Collins signs with Arkansas, mother hires lawyer

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Alex Collins and his father have both signed the national letter of intent to join the Razorbacks, while his mother, Andrea McDonald, has hired a lawyer from Johnnie Cochran’s firm, reports the Miami Herald News:

The mother of South Plantation High running back Alex Collins has hired an attorney with the Cochran firm to represent the family “while she contemplates on signing the NCAA’s Letter of Intent” that will decide where her son plays football in college.

The firm, founded by O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran, made the announcement Thursday.

McDonald was opposed to her son going to Arkansas, preferring instead that he attend the University of Miami. Collins was not present at the commitment ceremony at his school, South Plantation High, and it was reported that his mother had confiscated the letter of intent. It appears that Collins was also unaware his mother had plans of seeking legal guidance:


34 comments
glr7531
glr7531

Its unfortunate that this family does not realize how this publicized infighting makes them more vulnerable to an industry which all but invented exploitation,   Without help negotiating the shark infested waters of  sports contracting, the money both parents get will pale in comparison to the dollars industry-related and steered businesses like real estate agents; car dealers, jewelry venders; drug dealers and the hoochies will get.  What 17 or 18 year old has the capabilities to negotiate that arena.  Hopefully they will wake up before they all end up in the poor house for a bunch of useless consumerism.   Hoorah for his mom.

cmckelley
cmckelley

#1 if he is 18, what rights does she have...if less than 18 nice example of selfless parenting...what, sarcasm in my statement, noooo

 

#2 between Honey Boo Boo on TV, our sports heroes and their "enhancement" issues, and things like this make me realize I actually miss the 70's and I was born into a hippy family in '67...

bucnup
bucnup

I noticed that the mother and father have different names.  I made me wonder:

1. Where they married and divocred?

2. If so, has a divorce decree been written?

 

If a divorce decree has been written and the mother is considered "primary" as ridiculous as this may appear; she has a case.  I'm not saying she is right or wrong, but she has a case. 

 

That's all I've got.  Happy Friday, folks.

joeshine
joeshine

give it up mammy just give it up

magicvilas
magicvilas

She's not giving up U of M paid lifetime free-weaves without a fight.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

There will be a Jerry Springer episode about this soon. The mother's wig will be removed.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I almost had to sue a college to get them to take me.

.500
.500

I chose a college my mom did not prefer.  I feel like an unloved child because she failed to retain legal representation over the decision. 

nic_mach
nic_mach

The NCAA needs to go away.  There is no reason for these letters of intent, where a person signs over everything and the millionaire coach promises nothing and could be gone next year.  Those letters are just young people signing their lives away so that old white millionaires can get richer off someone else's hard work and sacrifice.  

 

There are people in wheelchairs from college football injuries and they get no workmen's compensation from a business worth billions and billions because they're "student athletes" not "workers".  They're workers and they should be paid as such with real health care like all the old white people getting rich.  It's a crooked system.

CitizenCurby
CitizenCurby

Ghetto rat mother...i'll bet she is thinking about the $$ she can get for sending him to Arkansas.....

r7apple
r7apple

Do you think Miami would even want this recruit knowing what a pain in the a$$ his mom would be? The kid is from FL and obvious he is trying to get as far as way from his mother as possible.

BisonBrewski
BisonBrewski

Emancipation baby!

Hollywood kids do it all the time to get out of  the control of their crazy parents.

All he needs to do is petition the court 

HarrisonBailBonds
HarrisonBailBonds

She planned on getting paid the whole 4 years he was there! How much did she get already??

TA1
TA1

Maybe Alex didn't get far away from home?  Lady, go back to knitting and let your son grow up...

StephenMichaelW
StephenMichaelW

I know moms have their opinion during this process, but to go out and get a lawyer is bat-sh*t-crazy.

doktrt
doktrt

Honorable thing would be for Miami University to publicly withdraw their scholarship offer. Did I just use honorable and Miami University in the same sentence?

scBlais
scBlais

Poor kid.  Mothers like this don't deserve to have kids or the title of mom.

Ifitsmellslike...
Ifitsmellslike...

I have to agree with Joseph....First thing I thought was how much money mom was promised and by whom....

ToFaz
ToFaz

I feel sorry for this kid that his Mom is that against him signing his letter.  Basically she does not care what he wants only what she wants.

Joseph Tomei
Joseph Tomei

Can you imagine ... Son - they paid me real $$ for you to go to the U. you have to go! Mom - Funny I didn't get my cut...

Unbelievable11
Unbelievable11

It's apparent this kid does not want to be a Cane. They should tell his mom they don't want him. Nobody wants to date someone who is dating someone else.

tmfecto
tmfecto

 @cmckelley

 If the student is under 21, parent has to sign Letter of Intent.  Pretty stupid if you ask me.  The kid can go and enlist at 18 without a parent's signature, but isn't adult enough to sign the Letter of Intent.

maknoblauch
maknoblauch

 @nic_mach yeah, so that when they become starters they can hold out for more money, demand a percentage of gate receipts, or sue to break their contract.  Ain't gonna happen, nor should it.  They are paid ~$30k a year, and it all goes to tuition/fees, room & board.  They don't have to pay like normal students do.  

glr7531
glr7531

 @StephenMichaelW  I don't believe how naive some of you are; you have any idea how many lawyers sporting concerns, both coliegate and professional, employ.    Be real!.  

305_Javier
305_Javier

@doktrt you do know that Miami University is in Ohio. Get the school right before you comment, numbnuts. The school in reference is the University of Miami.

r7apple
r7apple

 @doktrt   Never thought that Miami is that stupid.  

bamajack7
bamajack7

That's a contradiction of terms!

maknoblauch
maknoblauch

@ray17

 In what job do the workers make anywhere near the salary of the "boss"?  The players know their income limits before they sign the letter.  It could also be said that football and basketball players 'use' the school as an intermediary to get their riches from the NFL or NBA.  

If you support paying players, is it just for the revenue sports of football and basketball?  What about the Olympic sports like soccer, tennis, or rowing?  And since everyone seems to only bring up the money raised at major FBS programs that sell 80K tickets, what about NAIA schools or junior colleges?  Should they also be paying their players?  If so, the athletic department will be out of business in one year.  Do you pay players based on performance or just sign them to a contract?  So what happens when they get hurt pre-season--can you cut them or are you tied to providing them money for the academic year, like you have to with scholarships?  

Too many cons to post here.  And I disagree with you -- pay for play won't be happening by the end of the year.  Schools (N-O-T the NCAA) cannot afford it

 

ray17
ray17

 @maknoblauch  It is definately fair to get 30K while the head coach makes 5 million????  It is not an even trade.  NCAAFB is the second biggest sport in this country behind the NFL and it is a sham that players aren't paid for providing a wanted service.  The NFL is obviously in on the sham as well as they get a free minor league system and people will actually watch the minor league product because it is marketed as an amateur product.  If NCAAFB was just paid minor leaguers, it wouldn't be nearly as profitable or fun as rooting for a "College Team" because it would just be players who aren't good enough to be in the NFL yet.  Very corrupt system, but it will end before the decade as the cat is already out of the bag.