BUFFALO, N.Y. — Vince Young's lawyer disputed a company's claim that the Buffalo Bills backup quarterback defaulted on a high-risk loan and now owes nearly $1.7 million.
Attorney Trey Dolezal also raised questions on Friday whether his client was even aware the loan was taken out in his name. Dolezal told The Associated Press by phone that Pro Player Funding never contacted Young, and instead worked with the player's former financial adviser, Ronnie T. Peoples, in issuing a high-interest $1.877 million loan in May 2011.
"Let me say this, according to Pro Player, they dealt directly with Ron Peoples," Dolezal said. "We believe that Ron Peoples was involved in this loan, contacted Pro Player, was the go-between between Pro Player to get this loan, and Vince never even know this loan was taking place."
Dolezal said Young never had any contact with Pro Player, and questioned whether Young actually or knowingly signed the loan documents.
"There are some problems with that signature, whether or not, No. 1, it's Vince's signature and, No. 2, whether or not that signature was supposed to be attached to this document," Dolezal said.
Pro Player Funding filed documents in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on June 6 stating it was legally obligated to begin collecting $1.695 million from Young because the player defaulted on the loan. The company claimed Young did so by missing a payment in late May, shortly after signing a one-year contract potentially worth $3 million with the Bills.
NFLPA CHALLENGES GOODELL'S BOUNTY CASE DECLARATION: The NFL Players Association filed documents in federal court disputing Commissioner Roger Goodell's sworn statement that he was prepared to discipline players for their involvement in the Saints bounty pool back in March but waited until May as a courtesy to the union.
Attorneys for four players suspended in the bounty investigation have argued the punishment handed down by Goodell should be overturned, in part because the commissioner's public statements last spring showed he had improperly pre-judged the players' actions.
The documents filed Friday include sworn declarations by sanctioned linebacker Scott Fujita and union chief DeMaurice Smith. Fujita reiterated comments he made in an interview with The Associated Press in June in which he described a phone conversation he had with Goodell in March.
PATRIOTS REPORTEDLY ADD AN OLYMPIAN: The New England Patriots have reportedly agreed to terms with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, who played running back at Florida but was not drafted by an NFL team.
Multiple reports said Demps had agreed to a deal with the team.
Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio said in his meeting with reporters on Friday that the team had nothing to report.
But Caserio said the team scouted Demps at Florida. He was good with the ball, but a little small, Caserio said.
Demps won the Olympic silver medal in the 4x100 relay.
BOWE SIGNS TENDER WITH CHIEFS: Perhaps Dwayne Bowe was just waiting for the Chiefs to break training camp to finally sign his franchise tender.
The team said in a statement Friday that Bowe had signed after missing the entire offseason program and training camp in St. Joseph, Mo. Bowe is due about $9.5 million this season after the two sides failed to reach a long-term deal by the July 16 deadline.
It was unclear whether Bowe would join Kansas City for its trip to St. Louis for a preseason game today.
STEELERS ACTIVATE 2 PLAYERS: Before they broke camp at St. Vincent College Friday, the Steelers made a surprise move in activating nose tackle Casey Hampton and running back Rashard Mendenhall from the physically unable to perform list.
Each veteran has been rehabilitating a torn ACL sustained in January. Mendenhall's right knee was injured in the Jan. 1 regular-season finale at Cleveland, while Hampton's left knee ligament was torn in the Jan. 8 playoff loss at Denver.
The Mendenhall move was particularly unexpected because the stress placed on the knee by lateral cuts typical of a running back usually results in a longer recovery time. General manager Kevin Colbert has publicly suggested, on numerous occasions, that Mendenhall would begin the regular season on the PUP list.
BENGALS WAIVE SHIPLEY: The Bengals have waived receiver Jordan Shipley, who was limited in training camp while he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery.
Shipley was Cincinnati's starting slot receiver before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sept. 18. He wasn't cleared to practice fully until July 30. A third-round pick in 2010, he had one catch for 4 yards in the Bengals' two preseason games.