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Being a great athlete used to be enough. Today’s athlete must also be good at life.

The proof is everywhere. On any given day, you’re likely to see negative news about a professional or collegiate player criticizing a referee’s call or a Facebook photo of an act of domestic violence or spousal cheating – news which can end up going viral and becoming “Exhibit A” in the courtroom, ultimately harming a player’s all-important brand and future earning power.

For several years, members of our firm have been speaking to members of professional and college sports teams nationwide about the legal guidelines that protect against liabilities and financial exposure.

In our interactive program with team players, Allen & Glassman, Chartered partners Gemma Allen and Todd Glassman clearly and directly address issues involving personal relationships and the dangers of media exposure to a player’s career and personal life. They are writing a book, The New Sports Deal: A Playbook for Life Off the Field, offering solutions based on their knowledge as family lawyers and their experiences working with athletes.

Presentation highlights:

Gemma B. Allen is a founder and principal partner of Allen & Glassman, Chartered (formerly Ladden & Allen), a family law firm offering experienced, professional, aggressive, and discrete representation in the areas of marriage, legal separation, divorce, paternity, mediation, child custody and domestic violence.

Todd Glassman, who joined the firm in 2007 as an associate lawyer, is a name partner at the firm.

Through their own professional experience, as well as tapping the expertise of forensic experts in the areas of taxes, accounting, business valuation and estate planning, Allen & Glassman effectively assists clients in navigating complex issues involved in divorce, including the division of matrimonial property, whether by negotiation or on trial. Unflinching in the representation of clients, the firm’s lawyers have the essential experience and proven ability to help ensure that a client’s goals are met.

Both Gemma and Todd have led the firm’s Better Beginnings, Fewer Endings Think Tanks(TM), which bring together judges, mental health practitioners, clergy, attorneys and other interdisciplinary professionals who are interested in recognizing and addressing serious family law related matters. Topics have included “intimate terrorism” in relationships, the law and psychology relevant to custody litigation and its effect on children, the strategy and costs of litigation, and the need for more resources for divorcing couples both inside and outside the courtroom."

For more information, contact Gemma Allen at gemmaallen@allenglassman.com or Todd Glassman at toddglassman@allenglassman.com. They can also be reached at (312) 853-3000.

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Todd Talks . . . Sports®
By Todd Glassman

February 15, 2019

Is Art Briles, formerly of Baylor University, Worthy of a Second Chance?

Sports enthusiasts will recall the May 2016 Baylor University scandal and the removal of Art Briles, the winningest coach the program has had since the legendary Grant Teaff stepped down in the mid-90s.

Baylor retained an outside law firm, Pepper Hamilton, to investigate the university’s response to the alleged misconduct within the athletic department. This included, but was not limited to, allegations dating back to 2011 of violence against women by football players. The law firm concluded that Baylor staffers failed to adequately look into complaints against its players and often discouraged victims from reporting incidents. In short: “institutional failure at every level.”

The NCAA’s investigation into the case is still pending, and no penalties have as yet been handed down to Baylor staff. Allegedly, school regents have acknowledged that seventeen women reported sexual or physical assaults by nineteen football players from 2011 through 2016, all under Briles’ watch.

Art Briles was recently reported to have been on campus at Southern Mississippi for an interview as the new Offensive Coordinator. Though not a head coaching opportunity, this would put him back on the map in a major collegiate program. The Southern Miss administration apparently issued a statement saying that Briles is not a candidate for the position. However, the head coach, Jay Hopson, said, “I have interviewed Art Briles for the assistant coaching position at Southern Miss and believe he is a man who deserves a second chance.” Hopson concluded that he believes Briles will be a head coach at a major institution in the near future.

Does a former coach with great talent, when the public may not yet know whether he has shown remorse or understanding of the seriousness of the charges, deserve a second chance? It would be useful to know what steps Briles has taken, if any, to learn more about the problem of domestic violence and physical/sexual assault and also whether he has voluntarily engaged in some type of community service.

Briles is undeniably a talented coach, but is that enough to qualify him for a second chance? I believe in second chances, but a second chance in this instance may require some soul searching.

Hot Takes

  1. The American public loves a second chance story, especially in the world of sports.
  2. But even second chances have their price. When it comes to something as scandalous and disturbing as the allegations of incidents that occurred at Baylor, that price may have to be higher.

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