Cowboys LB Sean Lee on Agents & Runners in College Sports

Dallas Cowboys second-round linebacker Sean Lee discussed the presence of agents and runners who operate in, on, and around college campuses on KESN-FM.

Via the Dallas Morning News:

"I think it's tough. A lot of the guys, at least around my team, could have probably used some financial support," Lee told KESN-FM in Dallas. "And some guys, from a sense their family's couldn't even travel the games and weren't able to make it. And a lot of guys could use that.

"And it is tough a lot of times, but they need to realize to give up the short-term reward and look at the long-term goals and think about your team. If you get caught, you're not going to be able to play. And that's probably the biggest problem that I a had with it is they're not thinking about their team first.

"I think it's tough. It's easy to get to the kids. It doesn't have to come directly from the agent. There's a lot of guys out there that aren't agents, they're runners that are around campus that can give guys money, so it's definitely a tough situation. And you're really going to have to hold the agents accountable if you want stop it."

Lee, who played his college ball at Penn State, was asked how players were approached.

"You'll see guys come, even in town after games when guys go out. You'll see them in bars, you'll see them places and they have a lot of cash on them and they're ready to do stuff with it," said Lee.

Agents who do things the right way are open to being held to higher standards and harsher penalties by the NFLPA. Some are actively making suggestions via social media outlets.

"Here's something that might help clean things up: how about a rule prohibiting agents from using runners to recruit," Nate Haber of Cleveland, Ohio-based PlayersRep wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

Haber represents Cowboys fourth-round defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

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