LAS VEGAS — A former NFL agent who was charged with running a fraudulent sports book has been ordered to pay $12.7 million to his ex-wife, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Lawyers for Tony Gainer said in court documents that the ex-agent and his wife were never the principals in the sportsbook, which was run by a different agent.
In court documents, Gainer and his lawyer said the ex-“agent” was charged last year in a lawsuit by his ex, who accused Gainer of fraudulently promoting his new business, the Sportsbook LLC, to the public.
A federal grand jury indicted Gainer last August and charged him with wire fraud and mail fraud.
Gainer’s lawyer had previously filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the charges against Gainer, arguing that his client never had an agent working for him.
Gain’s former wife, Lisa Gainer Miller, also had a complaint filed against him, but prosecutors later dropped the charges, according to court documents.
Gaining, 52, was a longtime NFL agent, having worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers.
Miller filed a civil complaint with the Southern District of New York, alleging that Gainer made false statements in his official duties and engaged in illegal acts, including the sale of fake footballs.
She also claimed that Gains financial and personal life were compromised by his alleged misconduct.
Gains wife, who is the daughter of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, told CNN that she did not know of the allegations against her husband until after the indictment.
She also denied that Gaining ever told her that he was selling fake football jerseys.
Miller said she had a business relationship with Gainer for more than 20 years.