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Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated

Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated

SAN DIEGO (AP) Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his foundation are suing one of the former organizers of his celebrity golf tournament in southern California, saying the organizer cheated benefactors of the foundation out of thousands of dollars he kept for his own marketing firm.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday against David Miller and Integrated Sports Marketing in San Diego Superior Court, says Miller negotiated a favorable hotel rate for celebrity guests at the La Costa Resort earlier this year, then collected higher room rates, keeping the difference.

Now Brees wants his representatives to audit ISM's books from the past three tournaments to which he lent his name.

Miller said he has not seen Brees' lawsuit and cannot comment other than to point out that Brees failed to uphold his end of their marketing deal and that counter-claims are forthcoming.

``ISM will review that complaint and, when required, will be filing a counterclaim setting forth the acts and conduct of Mr. Brees and his agents that constitute breach of contract and misappropriation,'' Miller said.

Brees has been advised by attorneys not to comment on the case at this time. However, one of his lawyers, James Bo Pearl, said ``The reputation and goodwill of Drew and Brittany Brees are inextricably intertwined with the foundation, and this lawsuit was filed to protect the good work the foundation is doing.''

``The foundation placed its wholesale trust in ISM, but the company's failure to abide by the terms of their agreements made litigation unavoidable,'' Pearl added.

In addition to the ability to audit ISM's books concerning the golf event, the Brees Dream lawsuit asks for the return of ISM's profits plus punitive damages.

Drew Brees has said in past interviews about his foundation work that virtually all of the money taken in goes directly to the charities that benefit, with negligible, if any amounts kept to cover costs. Brees and his wife take no salary from the foundation, nor does the marketing agent who helps them run it.

The foundation says it has donated more than $13 million to charitable causes and academic institutions, usually to the benefit of cancer patients, cancer research and to improve the lives of children or families in need.

ISM has run the golf outing for 14 years, with former NFL quarterback Stan Humphries acting as honorary host the first 10. ISM asked Brees to lend his name to the event in 2009, and the event has benefited Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Friends of Scott Foundation and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

Carol Damon-Sherer, interim executive director of the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, said her organization values its relationship with the Breeses, who have often visited the hospital bearing gifts for children there.

``We value their support,'' she said, adding that the hospital also has a good relationship with ISM.

``Both entities have been supportive of Rady Children's Hospital for many years,'' she said. ``I'm sorry the folks have a difference of opinion. I don't know what the circumstances are. That's between them.''

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Deadline for teams to claim Washington RB Derrius Guice on waivers set for 4 PM Sunday

Deadline for teams to claim Washington RB Derrius Guice on waivers set for 4 PM Sunday

NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Sunday to submit a claim for Washington running back Derrius Guice, who was cut Friday after being arrested and with multiple charges stemming from three alleged incidents of domestic violence over the last six months.

The move became official Saturday, starting the clock on a 24-hour window for teams make waiver claims for the second-year running back. Though the extent of Guice’s alleged crimes are not yet public and he could end up on the Commissioner Exempt list with an eventual suspension, it’s not unheard of for teams to take a gamble on a player who’s facing criminal charges.

Washington acquired former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster in 2018 after he faced accusations of domestic violence. Foster was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list but avoided criminal prosecution and received only a fine from the league. He has yet to play a game for Washington after tearing two ligaments in his knee during training camp in 2019.

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Guice showed flashes of the player that made him a star at LSU and a second-round pick, but injuries limited him to just five games as a rookie. Washington, a franchise dealing with its own sexual harassment situation in its front office, has pushed to establish a new culture under head coach Ron Rivera and cutting Guice was only the latest in a series of moves toward that goal.

While it remains unlikely that Guice is claimed on waivers, the 4 p.m. deadline on Sunday afternoon remains an important checkpoint that could help determine his future.

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Washington Football Team activates linebacker Reuben Foster off the PUP list

Washington Football Team activates linebacker Reuben Foster off the PUP list

Major news for the Washington Football Team as linebacker Reuben Foster got activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list. 

Foster has never played for Washington since the team claimed him off waivers in November 2018. A first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017, the 49ers released Foster after a domestic violence arrest and Washington claimed him on waivers. 

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He was immediately placed on the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt list, effectively ending his 2018 season. Then in May 2019 he suffered a major knee injury that resulted in nerve damage to his foot. 

Now, finally, Foster will be back on the field. 

    An elite athlete and big-time hitter, Foster will be a tremendous boost to the inside linebacker group for Washington’s defense. 

    Washington head coach Ron Rivera is expected to address the media on Monday and can provide much more information on Foster’s medical progress and projected role for the defense.

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