Someone finally tracked down Reggie Bush yesterday---in New York City for a marketing appearance before the NFL draft.
Los Angeles Times Story
Bush acknowledges that he knew landlord Michael Michaels, but continues to avoid comment on the housing deal.
His marketing representative, Mike Ornstein, had the following NEW information to share:
[Ornstein] said Michaels was a longtime family friend of Bush's stepfather and mother. Ornstein said Michaels knew LaMar and Denise Griffin were having difficulty paying rent at another residence, so he allowed the couple and Bush's teenage brother, Jovan, to stay in a Spring Valley home he purchased for $757,500 last year.
"They were having a financial problem. So this guy came to them and said 'Move into the house,' " Ornstein said. "And so they did and they worked out an arrangement to pay him. That's what I understand."
Finally! We have an explanation for the housing deal---sort of. But it's not through the Griffins or Michaels, but instead one of Bush's representatives. Grain of salt alert.
We still lack documentation and corroboration from the Griffins and Michaels, but we do have a version of the home deal to analyze.
So we're getting closer to the benefits story and whether Bush's parents received an improper benefit.
This explanation may or may not be legit. If truthful, it quiets a lot of the fires about improper benefits although it does not remove any of the lingering sentiments of a shady deal.
The article also paints Bush's stepfather LaMar Griffin, as a significant debtor.
On Jan. 26, in San Diego Superior Court, a collection agency won a judgment against LaMar Griffin for $1,954.45 in unpaid bills to a cellphone company, a debt that according to court records dated to late 2001.
So we can now add Griffin's unpaid bills to the now well-documented hijinks of the bumbling trio of agent Michael Caravantes, Sycuan Tribesman and landlord Michael Michaels and professional criminal Lloyd Lake.