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Elvin Bethea: My Request to Michael Hausfeld

Aug 9, 2012

EDITOR’S NOTE: We received this comment along with the attached e-mails from Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers 1968 – 1983) requesting that we post this on Dave’s Blog. While we do not wish to take one side or another, after much discussion with several other players, we felt it was best to simply post the communications in their entirety in the interest of transparency.
Many attorneys want to represent us right now. The question is… who can we trust? I want other players to know that my name has been misused without my permission. Attached are two recent e-mails I had sent to attorney Michael Hausfeld. About ten (10) days after I sent the second e-mail, I finally received a call from Michael Hausfeld. He did not apologize and he did not agree to the retraction that I had requested in my e-mails to him.
In the conversation with Michael Hausfeld, he also told me that Fred Dryer was joining a board that he was currently organizing. I called Fred to ask if this was true; Fred said that he had no knowledge of the Board or a Committee and that he had not even spoken with Hausfeld about it.
I did not know where else to turn for advice on what I can do to have my name removed from that letter to the AFL/CIO. So I contacted my friends at Dave Pear’s Blog to see if they would kindly post my unanswered requests.
All this to say again …Who can we trust?
Elvin Bethea



Houston Oilers
1968 – 1983

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Ralph Cindrich
    August 9th, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Ralph Cindrich

    I had my locker next to Elvin’s in Houston. He’s as straight up and honest as any guy I’ve been around – in or out of football. He especially should be listened to carefully.

    I don’t know this fellow he’s talking about but for all of you: After a demand – and it doesn’t hurt to have it sent by certified mail or postal verification – follow up with a complaint to the Bar Association of the state of his or her practice.

    Contrary to what you may think, the bar associations don’t play around when it comes to the ethics of attorneys!

    Ralph Cindrich
    NFL agent
    New England Patriots, Houston Oilers,
    Denver Broncos
    1972 – 1975

  2. Ron Pritchard
    August 10th, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Ron Pritchard Bengals

    Elvin asked the question, “Who can we trust?” It’s a ligitimate question, especially in a world today that thinks lying is just good business. These lawyers ask us ballplayers to trust them with the law. And not being lawyers, we do the best we can with what information we have, then we make a decision to trust them or not. The word ‘trust’ means to rely on the promises of someone else.

    I’m sure that when we lined up with certain lawyers, it was our assumption that they would be trustworthy. That they would not lie or do anything that would not please their clients. It should be the same for all of us whether we’re lawyers or not. Telling the truth seems be be a bad thing these days.

    I played with Elvin in Houston and if Elvin says this group abused their agreement or became untrustworthy, I choose to believe Elvin. If this group is not trustworthy with Elvin, “Who can we trust” and why are they still representing all of us in the Dryer case? If what Elvin is stating in this blog is true over such a small but important point, then there should be a great outcry from all retired players against this particular group for not being trustworthy! What else will they break our trust on?

    Boys – this seems to be the same-old-same-old! Lie, lie, until they die!!

    Ron Pritchard
    Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals
    1969 – 1977

  3. Gordon Wright
    August 11th, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Gordon Wright - NY Jets

    So far from what I can see, I’d have to agree with Ron Pritchard’s comments about Elvin Bethea’s question: Who Can We Trust? Liars are more acceptable than Messengers of Truth. Perdition will always have an END!

    I pray this gets resolved amicably for Elvin.

    Gordon Wright
    Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
    1967 – 1970

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