Friday, December 19, 2008

Atlanta Braves Angry At Agent Arn

Arn Tellem, from Wasserman Media Group might be in trouble.  The Atlanta Braves are extremely mad with agent Arn Tellem, of WMG.  The Braves reportedly had offered Tellem's client, Rafeal Furcal, an offer that he and his agent apparently agreed to take.  A day later, Furcal reneged from the Braves deal and signed with Los Angeles.

The Braves were extremely mad and made a comment to Tellem, stating that he should cross off Atlanta on all of his clients lists.  The Braves were no longer interested in working with him again after this incident and that Tellem should go to the other 29 MLB clubs.  

"Two days after Furcal, then a free agent, spurned an offer from the Braves to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, team president John Schuerholz called the actions of Furcal's agents, Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem, "despicable" and "disgusting" and said the franchise would never deal with the firm again, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution." -ESPN

The decision to not accept a contract or renege on an already agreed upon deal is a touchy subject.  ESPN or Tellem did not say why Furcal chose to opt of the Braves deal and stay in LA.  Maybe it was more money? Maybe not?  Whatever it was it is up to the client (Furcal).  Although the agent has some say and opinion regarding the decisions his client should take, it is ultimately up to the athlete to finalize and accept a contract.
I can understand why the Braves would be mad with the Furcal situation, and that verbally expressing your anger to the public is a good way to show agents and others that you are mad.  But again, it is not solely agent Arn Tellem's fault.  The Braves seem to be making it the lone fault of the talented agent from WMG, but maybe they are taking it a little to far.  Tellem and Wasserman have an enormous list of amazing MLB clients.   The Braves would be lucky to get a hold of some of those great players and they should watch what they say.
"On Thursday, Tellem said he hopes to negotiate for other players with Atlanta in the future. According to the Journal-Constitution, his firm currently represents Braves reliever Peter Moylan.We hope that once emotions have subsided, the Braves will act in a manner consistent with not only their obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and the National Labor Relations Act, but also the best interests of the franchise," Tellem said. "In short, we would not want this incident to color their better judgment."

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