Former Kentucky WR Jeff Badet among NFL players who haven't been paid for '40 Yards of Gold' event
You may recall that last week some of the fastest players in the NFL took part in a 40-yard-dash tournament called 40 Yards of Gold. The tournament, which took place in Sunrise, Florida and aired on Pay-Per-View, boasted a $1 million prize for the winner and smaller prizes for runner-ups. Former LSU DB Donte Jackson beat our former Auburn QB John Franklin III, but barely lost to Marquise Goodwin in the finals. The agent of former Kentucky WR Jeff Badet says the event has yet to pay what was promised.
Badet’s agent Will Sarubbi told Sports Business Daily that the ex-Wildcat has not been paid the $25,000 he was promised for taking part in the tournament.
“The contract was explicitly clear,” Sarubbi said Friday. “Jeff was an independent contractor who was promised $25,000 upon arrival, before the event on June 29. That has not been paid as of 5 p.m. today. It does not look likely it will be, based on the correspondence we have had.”
The event’s co-founder Charles Stewart texted SBD reporter Ben Fischer that, “Every participant will be paid,” but did not go into further details regarding the delays. The article notes that participants who received checks at the event were told not to cash them until Friday. Organizers reportedly asked participants on Thursday to provide bank account information for wire transfers.
“As to whether the money’s there or not, I don’t know,” participant attorney Sean Lindsey told SBD. “I hope it is. The one thing I despise the most in this industry is individuals trying to take advantage of professional athletes. I don’t know if that’s what’s going on here. I hope not. But these guys need to get paid.”
It has certainly been a rough offseason for professional football players looking to make outside the NFL.