Attorney: Bush deposition set for April 23
Reggie Bush is scheduled to give a long-sought deposition next
week in a lawsuit by a fledgling sports marketer who is trying to
recoup nearly $300,000 in cash and gifts the star running back and
his family allegedly accepted while he was playing at the
University of Southern California.
The deposition is scheduled for April 23 in the office of
attorney Brian Watkins. Watkins represents Lloyd Lake in his
lawsuit against Bush, the former Heisman Trophy winner who now
plays for the New Orleans Saints.
Lake’s former partner, Michael Michaels, is scheduled for a
deposition next Wednesday, Watkins said. Michaels reached an
out-of-court settlement with Bush’s family in April 2007.
“It’s been three years in the making so it’s going to be very
interesting to see whether or not Michael Michaels’ and Reggie
Bush’s stories will contradict each other,” Watkins said.
Watkins said Michaels’ settlement with Bush included a
“Now he has to talk because he’s being deposed,” Watkins
“Basically Reggie Bush bought his silence for $300,000, so he
was unable to speak to the media, and, of course, cooperate with
the NCAA,” Watkins said. “Reggie Bush always has maintained he
didn’t do anything wrong, so it will be very interesting to see if
Michael Michaels’ testimony corroborates that of Reggie Bush or
Lake and Michaels were trying to attract Bush as a client for
their marketing firm, New Era. Bush did not sign with New Era.
The NCAA and Pac-10 are investigating whether Bush and his
parents took improper benefits. Bush has not met with NCAA and
Pac-10 investigators, and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Michaels owned a San Diego-area house where Bush’s parents
allegedly lived rent-free.
If Bush is found retroactively ineligible, he could lose his
2005 Heisman Trophy.
If the NCAA determines that USC violated rules, the football
program could have to forfeit victories from those seasons – when
the Trojans won a national championship and lost in the BCS title
game against Texas – and face additional penalties.
In late December, Bush lost his bid to go to confidential
arbitration to settle Lake’s lawsuit.
Watkins tried to take Bush’s deposition in February 2008, but
said the running back didn’t show up.
A few weeks earlier, Watkins and Lake walked out of a
deposition, saying that a bodyguard for Bush’s attorney opened his
jacket to expose a pistol.