Saturday Mike Florio of NBC Sports and Pro Football Talk broke the news that up to two NFL player agents may have improperly gained entrance to the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
(Sexton and Dye, Jr. joined forces last November)
NFL rules prohibit NFL player agents from attending NFL combine activities in person.
In the Pro Football Talk report, at least one source indicated to Florio and PFT reporter Gregg Rosenthal that one of the agents had allegedly been, “cuffed, detained, and removed from Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday after using a sponsor’s credential to gain access.”
I’ve since learned from multiple sources the identities of two NFL player agents who improperly gained access to a restricted, players-only NFL combine area last weekend.
Pat Dye, Jr., and Jimmy Sexton, who recently merged their player and coach representation firms, broke NFL rules by attending restricted NFL combine activities in person thanks to passes obtained from event sponsor Under Armour. Dye, Jr. was handcuffed, detained and removed from the players-only combine area by local law enforcement. Sexton exited the premises in question before the incident involving police and Dye, Jr.
When contacted about the incident involving Dye, Jr. and Sexton, a public information officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department acknowledged that an incident involving Indianapolis law enforcement did occur during the NFL combine, but that no arrest was made.
An NFL spokesman had no comment on the incident.
An attempt to reach Dye, Jr. Monday at his office in Atlanta was unsuccessful. A representative for Dye said he was in a meeting and unavailable. An email to Dye was not returned.
An attempt to reach Sexton Monday at his office in Memphis was unsuccessful. A representative for Sexton said he was unavailable for comment. An email to Sexton was not returned.
Subsequent to this report, Dye, Jr. told Liz Mullen of SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY that the confrontation with Indianapolis police that resulted in his being handcuffed and removed from a restricted NFL Combine area took place at the NFL’s official players-only hotel.
Mullen on Dye’s activities at the restricted NFL combine area via Twitter:
Spent less than 15 min in hotel. Did not have contact w any players. Was handcuffed by Indy police leaving hotel.
Mullen reports Dye also maintained he was “invited” to the restricted area by Under Armour personnel, who were apparently unaware of the NFL rule restricting agents from NFL combine players-only areas.
Sexton’s NFL client list includes Tim Tebow, Ravens left tackle Michael Oher, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Browns running back Peyton Hillis, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Sexton’s coaching clients include Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, and Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Steve Spurrier, Houston Nutt and Tommy Tuberville.
Dye, Jr., who is the son of former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, represents Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
The Sexton/Dye firm also represents DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones and Sam Acho in this year’s NFL draft class.