Cris Carter, former Ohio State wide receiver who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles last week, filed a $1 million suit yesterday against New York sports agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom.
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, Carter alleged Walters and Bloom induced him by fraud and unfair use of Carter's older brother, George, to enter into a representative agreement and to accept a loan while Carter was still eligible to play football for Ohio State.
As a result, the suit states, Carter lost his eligibility to finish his career at Ohio State and "the certain prospect of being a high first-round National Football League draft pick in 1988."
Carter, an all-America last season, violated NCAA rules by accepting money from the agents and was dismissed from the Ohio State team in July. The NFL held a supplemental draft for his rights and the Eagles selected him in the fourth round last Friday.
He has not yet signed with Philadelphia.
Carter seeks cancellation of his representative agreement with Walters and Bloom and monetary damages of more than $1 million.
"We intend to show that Walters and Bloom engaged in a systematic scheme to sign Cris Carter and other college athletes to a representative agreement," said Boston attorney James Dittmar, one of Carter's lawyers, "and to enforce adherence to the agreement through deceit, undue influence and threats of violence."