Q. "Did Lloyd
[Wells] read it?"
A. "I'm not
for sure whether he read it."
testified that his wife paid Wells $15,000 for his services. The money came
from Anderson's $50,000 bonus.
On Aug. 4 Judge
Black granted the temporary restraining order, apparently unaware that Anderson
had already signed with the Chargers. When he heard the case on Aug. 12 and
denied the injunction, Judge Black admonished the Chargers for
"financing" Anderson's "cause." He called it "a very sad
commentary." The judge concluded: "I don't find any evidence that Dr.
Argovitz or anyone else entered into a conspiracy against Gary Anderson.... The
most telling point is the fact that the contract [Argovitz negotiated with
Tampa Bay] has as good or better present value as the one he got from San
Anderson drove with his wife and daughter in his silver Jaguar to his in-laws'
house in Little Rock, Ark.
wanted to get away from this all," Anderson said softly. "Right now,
I'm caught in the middle of something. At times, I've been confused by this
all. But I think I'll come out of it all right."
But the Anderson
affair is not over. Not by a long shot.
Anderson's attorney said he has no intention of dropping the lawsuit against
Argovitz, Bassett and the Bandits. "Beyond that, we haven't made any plans
yet," King said. One option, he said, would be to file an antitrust suit to
enable Anderson to play in both leagues.
Bassett and the Bandits are considering legal action against Klein, the
Chargers and the NFL. "Gary Anderson and Tampa Bay are the victims,"
Greer said. "San Diego has hurt Gary Anderson's public image, and Tampa Bay
had a valid contract which San Diego interfered with."
In San Diego, the
Chargers now refuse to talk about the whole affair. "I can tell you that
the Chargers do not intend to be involved in any future legal action," said
Miles Harvey, a club attorney.