Bill Belichick accused of Bret Bielema contract conspiracy in lawsuit

Bill Belichick has been accused of conspiracy in the past. Now, he’s being hit with a subpoena.

A lengthy legal dispute between former Patriots assistant coach Bret Bielema — currently the Giants’ outside linebackers coach — and The Razorback Foundation now involves Belichick, who is accused of employing Bielema at an intentionally low salary, allowing the former Arkansas head coach to receive his full $12 million buyout from the school, according to The Athletic.

Bielema, 50, was fired from Arkansas in 2017 after five seasons, and contractually obligated to “make reasonable efforts to find employment that would mitigate or offset” the remaining buyout money owed to the coach. Bielema was then hired as a consultant with the Patriots for $125,000 per year, which was less than the minimum number to trigger a buyout reduction.

The Razorback Foundation claims Belichick conspired with Bielema — the coaches share an agent, Neil Cornrich — to ensure the latter received a low enough salary to ensure the full buyout amount, alleging Bielema made no effort to find a better paying job elsewhere. In Jan. 2019, the Foundation ceased the payment to Bielema, who was still owed $7 million. Bielema filed suit this June, with the Foundation filing a countersuit.

Bielema spent two seasons with the Patriots, then joined the Giants in January, as an outside linebackers coach and senior assistant.

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