- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

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 codefendant because he reportedly 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, said yesterday Gray is named in the lawsuit because he used his influence as a coach in an improper way.

“As a coach, he is in a position of confidence and trust with the player and he should have been looking out for Terrence,” 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 served as best man at each other’s weddings.

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

In October 2005, McGee hired Curry as his financial advisor. Curry was also serving as Gray’s advisor. Curry was not certified by the NFL Players Association to represent a player because of two convictions in 1996 relating to the misappropriation 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 Terrence’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.”

Weeks after hiring Curry, McGee was preparing to fire Bolar as his agent. At that point, McGee claims, 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 (in exchange for 1 percent of the bonus) and received the $5 million signing bonus. Sampson said Curry began taking funds from the account only weeks later.

In January 2006, McGee cut ties with Bolar. Curry then called McGee saying he and Bolar were going to sue the player 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 Raccuia an hour later, according to Sampson.

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

Redskins add coaches

The Redskins filled out their coaching staff with the addition of defensive quality control coach Matthew Shea and offensive quality control coach Bill Khayat.

Shea replaces Kirk Olivadotti, who was promoted to linebackers coach and Khayat replaces Coy Gibbs, who left for a position with Joe Gibbs Racing.

From 2004 to 2006, Shea worked in the Redskins video department and Khayat was on the Arizona Cardinals’ coaching staff.

Khayat’s father, Eddie, and uncle, Robert, played a combined six seasons with the Redskins in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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