Roquan Smith requested a trade away from the bears on August 9th. Now, just a week later, he’s the subject of more controversy.
On Monday, the Smith saga took an odd turn when ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported that someone representing Smith was “calling other teams to gauge potential trade interest.”
Of course, as Florio pointed out, there were a few problems:
It’s a problem for two reasons. First, the person is not an NFLPA-certified agent. He cannot represent Smith or any other player. Second, Smith has not received permission to seek a trade.
Essentially, the individual sets a potential manipulation trap for any team that either engages in conversations about Smith or fails to promptly notify the bears of the improper contact.
Florio’s report raised some eyebrows, along with a key question the NFL must have grappled with: Who was this mystery man representing Smith in trade talks?
NFL fans now have their answer.
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Corresponding ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the NFL told its 32 teams in a memo that Saint Omni was the person they contacted about Smith. The league stated that he was not certified to do so by the NFLPA.
Mr. Omni is prohibited from negotiating player contracts or discussing potential trades on behalf of any NFL player or prospective player, or assisting or advising in such negotiations.
Who exactly is Saint Omni? Here’s what we know about the man who tried to help Smith get trafficked.
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Who is Saint Omni?
Saint Omni was listed as LifeLine Financial Group’s director of football in a 2021 Complex article on Laremy Tunsil. The article had a publication date of November 4, 2021 and stated that Omni had “helped Tunsil with its renewal negotiations.”
That aligns with what his Facebook page said about him. Omni listed himself on his personal page as a “business consultant and manager to high-profile NFL athletes and celebrities,” according to USA Today.
However, Omni’s site had not been updated for two years at the time USA Today accessed it; it has since been deleted.
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LifeLine Financial Group describes itself on its LinkedIn page as “wealth management for athletes, entertainers and world influencers”. Oddly enough, LifeLine Financial Group’s website only leads to a company logo superimposed over a photo of a man writing something, with a child on either side of him.
There are no public records of Omni among the LifeLine employees listed on LinkedIn. The company confirmed it exists, according to 670 The Score, but says, “It’s never in the same place twice.”
.@ReyMDiaz — who has just been promoted to senior investigative reporter for 670 — hunts down Roquan Smith’s pseudo-agent Saint Omni for an interview.
Omni’s workplace confirms he exists, but “he’s never in the same place twice” and won’t give out his phone. https://t.co/A4Y9VfM4QA pic.twitter.com/0mN63nvLOx
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) August 15, 2022
Certainly, information on Omni is scarce, and that adds to the intriguing mystery surrounding Smith’s unauthorized agent.
Sporting News will update Smith and Omni information as it becomes available.