Former Agent Josh Luchs confesses about giving money to NFL players, Janet Jackson tickets to Ogden

October 13, 2010 | Ryan Chell

And in a battle over commission money with former recruit Keenan Howry, Luchs had received a check in the amount of $5,300 — the money that Luchs had earned from his work with Howry. Not knowing what to do with it and in a heated legal battle with Wichard, he gave the check to his lawyer, who promptly deposited the check into a trust fund, which eventually garnered the attention of the NFL Players Association, investigators, and Wichard’s legal team, who had filed a grievance.

Having appeared to steal the check, his agent’s license was suspended for a year and he was fined 25,000 dollars. He lost his job at his current gig, and is currently in a training program to get a real estate license. He only has two remaining clients after most of his others left him.

In a way, Luchs said that he being suspended really was the thing that turned the light on in his head.

“People are going to take what they want from this story, and clearly if I had not been suspended as a result of my first attorney putting it in a trust account, I would have been less likely to come out and tell the truth about absolutely everything. I would have had too much to lose.”

But he made sure to reiterate that this isn’t about him and Wichard; it is not a personal vendetta on him or his practices. It is Luchs feeling like he did wrong and he wants to clear up his image.

“I’m not motivated in this particular incident with him. He is not part of my journey,” Luchs said of Wichard.  “Clearly he read to my being suspended, and my message here is I went ahead and gave thousands of words so that I could get the one paragraph so my kids could understand and the people I deal with in the future understand that I did a lot of things I should have been suspended for.”

“I paid a lot of guys, I violated a lot of the rules. I don’t mean to sound cavalier, but you hone up, you come clean, and if these are the things you did, well step up and man up and said you did them.”

And he felt the need to step forward to do this to help better the lives and careers of so many people affected in this process in the past, present and future. But ultimately, he didn’t want his own kids to be ashamed of what their father did for a living.

“I want people to understand what we’re dealing with in the industry, but most importantly, I did not want to go out with my kids looking back on my 20 years and the only thing I’d have to show for it is that I got suspended for handing a lawyer a check, and they made it look like I stole it. If I was suspended for paying players, I did that. I did the crime, and I do the time. Not a problem.”

And ultimately, Luchs said that he uses a quote from of all people, Oprah Winfrey, as to what path he should take in his future should he get back in the business.

“When you know better, you do better. I grew. Things happened in my life, I had experiences and I grew up in that industry. I learned to look at it at a different perspective. I never would have come out without question and shared my story if not for that $5,300 check, and I truly believe that the union misinterpreted and targeted the wrong person.”

But even if they were right in getting the right guy, Luchs said it’s all on the NFL Players Association now to make sure the rules are enforced. They have their information now; it’s up to them now what they do with it and how they react in the future.

“They can be proactive. The NFLPA has a history of sitting on their hands and waiting for things to drop in their lap. I’d call out those people and I’d say get off your butt and do some work. Don’t wait for the NCAA. Don’t wait for the states, don’t wait for people to hand you stuff, go get it. It’s your job.”

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