It appears that Reggie Bush won’t be speaking under oath and for public consumption after all.
The civil lawsuit against him and his parents for breach of contract, stemming from the running back’s days at USC, is reported to have settled without anyone going on the record.
Charles Robinson and Jason Cole at Yahoo! Sports posted a story late Tuesday night that puts an end to the speculation about what would have been revealed and how the information would have been used by the NCAA.
Bush, who had refused for years to settle the case brought by Lloyd Lake, a principal in a now defunct sports marketing firm, had recently lost his bid to pull the matter out of court and into a private arbitration process.
Lake is one partner in the company that had hoped to represent Bush after his jump to the NFL. He alleged that the Bushs’ stiffed him and associate Michael Michaels only to sign with with another agency after the company provided things of value to the family.
That of course would have been an NCAA rules violation and the collegiate governing body was anxious to get its hands on the testimony expected to result from the depositions of Bush, Lake and Michaels scheduled for this week.
Bush had settled a separate action against him, brought by Michaels dating back to 2007,for an amount estimated to be in the neighborhood of $300,000. The speculation about why there hadn’t been a settlement with Lake stemmed from the amount of money being demanded. This seems to be the proverbial other shoe dropping.
The NCAA’s investigation into the allegations encompassed in the two lawsuits against Bush are only part of a wider probe into the university’s ability to maintain what is dubbed “institutional control” as it relates to NCAA rule compliance.
The investigation, that took its road show to the USC campus two months ago, appeared to be ready to produce a final report that could strip the school of victories from the Bush-Pete Carroll era. That report will now be completed without the benefit of facts given under oath by Reggie Bush.
More on the background of the story, here.