Former NFL pro and current con artist Sean Jones irritates me. I wrote about Jones in my upcoming book, Money Players, talking about his shady work as a sports agent. Apparently his bad work wasn't yet finished.
Yesterday, Jones was indicted on bank fraud charges. It is alleged that he and four others "ran a scheme to pocket portions of more than $42 million in mortgage loan." Prosecutors contend that the men "defrauded three Houston banks by acquiring mortgage loans far in excess of the properties' value and then diverting the money for personal use."
Let's rewind: When Jones retired he became a sports agent. Chris Dishman, a former Jones’ teammate on the Oilers, became one of his clients. Dishman allowed Jones to manage his investments in addition to negotiating his playing contract. Dishman alleged that Jones engaged in unauthorized trading and in “churning” his account. The National Association of Securities Dealers awarded Dishman awarded $550,000 in damages. Dishman didn’t collect any money from the judgment. Said Dishman, "It got too expensive to keep trying to track [Jones] down. I didn’t have the money to keep fighting it. I didn’t win anything.” Of course, the Joneses, as namesakes go, have always been hard to keep up with.
In 2003 Jones was de-certified as an agent by the NFL Players Association related to his financial dealings with Dallas Cowboy Ebenezer Ekuban, a Jones client. Jones persuaded Ekuban to guarantee a $1-million real estate loan that ultimately defaulted; and to lend Jones $300,000, some of which was never repaid.
With his career options dwindling, Jones called the one (perhaps only) person willing to overlook all his flaws. So Al Davis hired Jones to work for the Raiders in 2004. On the team's website, Jones described himself this way: "I work in the Personnel department of the Raiders. Given my financial background, my experience as an agent, and having been in the broadcast booth, I bring a unique perspective to the team. I assess players to determine their weaknesses and also look at how they might be able to help us in the future." In what may be his best post-NFL career outcome, Jones was fired in 2007 without any criminal charges or allegations.