High-profile player agent Liam Pickering says that allegations he unlawfully took $90,000 from Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury are “100 per cent” not true.
Lawyers acting for Pickering’s former business partner Jason Sourasis, a player agent at Strategic Sports Management, told the Supreme Court during the week that Pickering had taken the money from the Magpies star when Pickering and Pendlebury parted ways late last year.
But appearing on his weekly SEN radio program Off the Bench, Pickering, who left Strategic in May last year to set up Precision Sports and Entertainment Group, denied that was the case.
“What actually happened, and I’m happy to clear this one up, is that Scott Pendlebury decided he was going to manage himself…so not be managed by Strategic,” Pickering told SEN.
“He wasn’t coming to Precision.
“I said, ‘well we’ve got all these deals with major companies like Gatorade and McDonald’s and Telstra’, and I said, ‘how do you want me handling the invoicing of that?’
“So he said ‘just invoice it.’ And I said, ‘no worries, what happens with the commission?’
“And he said, and he may say he didn’t, but he did [say], ‘commission it as per normal. You did the deal, no problems.’ “
Rather than unlawfully take $90,000, Pickering said he “actually deposited $110,000 in his account the day it came in.”
“No one unlawfully took money from his account. We deposited money into his account.
“Pendles is a good bloke. But no money was taken from Scott Pendlebury, regardless of what was written in the newspaper. It’s just not true.”
Pickering is counter-suing Sourasis, alleging that he engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct. Sourasis initially sued Pickering, alleging he lost more than $2.5 million after 31 players and coaches terminated their contracts with Strategic and joined Precision.
The case continues on Monday.
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