Bush Says Parents Did Nothing Wrong

ByABC News
April 25, 2006, 9:43 AM

April 25, 2006 — -- An attorney representing Reggie Bush says that Bush had no knowledge of an agreement between his parents and San Diego businessman Michael Michaels, the man who owned a $750,000 home the Bush family lived in for the past year.

"At this point, I'm not going to get into the particulars of the transactions between the family and Mr. Michaels," David Cornwell told ESPN's Joe Schad. "It is inappropriate to presume that the Griffins did anything wrong."

The family -- Bush's mother Denise Griffin, stepfather LaMar Griffin and brother Jovan Griffin -- moved out of the house after questions over its ownership arose. Reporters from several news organizations visited the house on Thursday.

"We have nothing to hide," Bush said on ESPN's NFL Draft special Monday. "When all is said and done ... everyone will see we have done absolutely nothing wrong."

Bush added that his "parents leased a house like any other parent" and the Texans "should not be concerned at all. Nothing to be worried about."

Bush declined to say who paid the rent.

Texans owner Bob McNair was quoted in the Houston Chronicle as saying: "If that's all there is, if it's still a minor thing, then I doubt it would have any effect on what we do."

The Pac-10 said Sunday it will investigate the reported connection between Bush's family and Michaels, who sought to market the Southern California star tailback.

At issue is the San Diego-area home's connection with Michaels, who reportedly attempted to steer Bush toward signing with San Diego agent David Caravantes and sought to handle Bush's marketing with a new firm he had founded.

Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, chose to turn pro after his junior season with USC. He is expected to be the No. 1 pick in Saturday's NFL draft.

"Rather than jumping to conclusions, we need to determine the facts before commenting on this report," USC athletic director Mike Garrett said in a statement on Sunday. "We have asked the Pac-10 to look into this."