- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2007

3:15 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Washington Redskins cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray is one of three people named in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Houston by Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee, who is seeking to reclaim more than $1 million he said was removed from his account without his approval.

Also named in the lawsuit are McGee’s former financial advisor, Craig Curry, and former agent, Terry Bolar. McGee contends the money was taken from the $5 million signing bonus he received from the Bills during the 2005 season.

Gray, who coached McGee when he was the Bills defensive coordinator, was named a co-defendant because he allegedly tried to talk McGee out of firing Bolar before he signed the new contract.

Through a team spokesperson, Gray and the Redskins had no comment on the lawsuit.

McGee’s Buffalo-based lawyer, J. David Sampson, told The Washington Times this afternoon that Gray is named in the lawsuit because he used his influence as a coach in an unethical way.

“As a coach, he is in a position of confidence and trust with the player and he should have been looking out for Terence,” Sampson said in a phone interview. “But he was looking out for Craig Curry and Terry Bolar.”

Gray and Curry played college football together and were each other’s best man at their weddings.

Sampson said Gray acted wrongly three times in dealing with McGee:

• In April 2005, McGee hired Curry as his financial advisor. Curry was also serving as Gray’s advisor. Curry was not certified by the NFLPA to represent a player because of two convictions in 1996 relating to the misappropiation of funds.

“It is beyond belief that an NFL coach would not know the rules,” Sampson said. “We believe that Jerry Gray had a duty and an obligation as Terence’s coach to say, ‘He may be my friend and my financial advisor but he can’t represent you.’ Jerry Gray didn’t do that. He validated the decision.”

• In September 2005, McGee was preparing to fire Bolar as his agent. At that point, McGee says, he learned Bolar was negotiating a new contract with the Bills without the player’s knowledge.

Several weeks later, McGee terminated Bolar, who called Gray. That day, McGee said in the lawsuit, Gray had two closed-door meetings with McGee, urging him to re-sign with Bolar.

McGee re-signed with Bolar and received a $5 million signing bonus. Sampson said only weeks later, Curry began taking funds from the account.

• Finally, in January 2006, McGee cut ties with Bolar. Curry then called McGee saying they were going to sue him for 3 percent of the signing bonus. Two months later, McGee’s new agent, Ron Raccuia, faxed a letter to Bolar and Curry detailing McGee’s contention that he owes Bolar only 1 percent.

Gray, who had recently joined the Redskins’ staff, called Roucia an hour later, according to Sampson.

“Mr. Gray was agitated and upset with Raccuia, shouting at him that he was going to ruin his career because Gray had been mentioned in the letter that he had insisted to Terence to re-hire Bolar,” Sampson said. “It was another example of Mr. Gray continuing to interject in Terence’s affairs and he should have no interest in doing so.”

For more, read tomorrow’s Washington Times.

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