Three Harris County deputy constables entered the Houston home of former Texas Longhorns and NFL quarterback Vince Young last Monday to inventory his possessions, but his Austin-based attorney told the American-Statesman on Saturday that Young is not being forced to sell them, as was previously reported.
Wire reports on Saturday quoted a source saying Young was being forced to sell his belongings.
But Troy Dolezal, Young’s attorney, said Saturday that no final judgment has been rendered on a lawsuit claiming the quarterback defaulted on a $1.7 million loan from New York firm Pro Player Funding, and that despite the wire report, constables merely inventoried Young’s possessions to set monetary values in advance of a possible public auction in case the judgment goes against him.
Dolezal told the American-Statesman that he tried unsuccessfully to file a temporary restraining order against the intrusion to value Young’s furniture, jewelry and art.
Dolezal has petitioned to have that judgment vacated, and the New York judge has not yet ruled after a February hearing on the matter, Dolezal said. Young contends he was duped into signing for the loan by his former financial adviser.
“This is still in controversy,” Dolezal said Saturday. “These people (Pro Player Funding attorneys) are the most unethical, guerrilla-attack lawyers I’ve met in 20 years. There is no auctioning off Vince’s assets. The judges still need to rule on this issue before they can look into his assets. There is no final judgment.
“It’s absolutely inaccurate to talk about Vince having to sell his property. This is just not true. We’re only partially through the process whether Vince may be responsible for this loan. We are at opposite ends, and the judge has not ruled about collection efforts.”
An attorney for Pro Player Funding told KHOU television in Houston that the firm was within its rights to pursue this course of action to recover the money it says Young owes.
The wire report that appeared in Saturday’s American-Statesman said the court judgment permits Young an exemption to keep $60,000 of his personal belongings, but Dolezal said that would simply be the case if there was a final judgment against Young.
Dolezal contends that Young merely signed three pieces of paper on a 45-page document in front of a Houston notary in May 2011 but never received more than $100,000 of the loan. Dolezal contends that $650,000 went to Pro Player Funding for putting the deal together and $1.1 million went to Young’s North Carolina-based former financial adviser, Ron Peoples.
“They have zero proof that Vince ever got a dime of that money other than $100,000,” Dolezal said. “The rest of the $1 million goes off in space.”
Young, who turned 30 in May, has been trying to restart his NFL career after getting cut by the Buffalo Bills a year ago. He has not signed with any team. His original contract with the Tennessee Titans in 2006 guaranteed him $26 million.