“Scottie Pippen’s agent” was trending for the wrong reasons on Sunday night.
A key theme of the second episode of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” was Pippen’s discontent with his contract situation heading into the 1997-98 season the film revolves around.
It was the final season of a seven-year, $18 million contract that left Pippen wildly underpaid as Michael Jordan’s basketball wingman. Pippen was the sixth-highest paid player on the Bulls and 122nd in the league, according to the film.
So, who was this unfortunate soul that had Pippen sign such a deal?
According to multiple reports, Pippen’s primary agent at the time was Jimmy Sexton. And Sexton is now one of the most successful agents in football, who represents the likes of Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold, along with Julio Jones, Philip Rivers and Nick Saban.
“An NBA agent told me Scottie Pippen’s agents back then were Jimmy Sexton and Kyle Rote. They recommended Pippen not take the bad deal from Bulls, which is why he stayed loyal to them. Agent added that Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf also was not big on giving opt-outs in contracts,” ESPN’s Marc J. Spears tweeted.
“For those wondering who Pippen’s agent was it was Jimmy Sexton — who is now the major power broker agent for college football coaches like Nick Saban,” NBA insider J.A. Adande tweeted.
Pippen says in the documentary that he could not risk getting injured and not being able to provide for his family. However, the decision cost him tens of millions dollars.
“I do recall it was a longer contract than I thought was smart with him,” Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in the documentary. “I said to Scottie the same thing I said to Michael: ‘If I were you i wouldn’t be signing this deal. You could be selling yourself short. It’s too long of a deal.’”
The Bulls would trade Pippen, who ended up making nearly $110 million in his NBA career, to the Rockets after completing their second three-peat.