ARLINGTON, Texas -- An agent once related the story of how his client fired him, and as he talked over the phone, he sounded like someone who had been dumped by his spouse. Fifteen years together, he said, and there had been no signs of trouble. They had spent holidays together, called each other all the time.
Then one day -- boom -- the agent learned that he had been let go. I can't remember how he heard, but it was through a third party, and to that moment, the agent had not heard an explanation from his long-time client, and (he thought) his long-time friend. "Now I don't know if I even want to talk with him," the agent said, on the day the player got a new contract, working through another agent.
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