Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Semi-Pro Football Players Question the Disappearance of League Fees
(KUTV) Louise Bean, Lanu
Lewis, Kelly Colobella and Gina Mondragon used to play football for the
Utah Jynx, a tackle football team that plays with the Women's Football
"It's a blast," Mondragon said. "Tackle football is so fun"
Playing for the Jynx was not free for these ladies.
"We all paid $1150 worth in fees," Bean said.
player contracts that were signed by Jynx players talks about that
money, but not about more money. Still that's what these women say their
coach and team owner, Greg Cover, began asking for just a few games
into the 11 game season.
"He'd ask for money before we even left or during our travel like, we need 20 bucks from each player for gas," said Mondragon.
"All we heard about was money all the time," said Colobella.
wanting or being able to come up with additional money, these four
women say they quit the Jynx mid-season. But now they're asking, what
happened to the all the money they paid to play?
Frustrated, Bean, Lewis, Colobella and Mondragon decided to Get Gephardt.
began investigating and quickly discovered that the players are not
alone in their frustration with the way Coach Cover handles money. Tiki
Printing says they are owed $1376.84 by the Coach Cover for team apparel
And $1,280 is still owed to Granite School
District for use of the Taylorsville High field where the Jynx played
their home games, according to district spokesperson Benjamin Horsley.
have been frustrated with the lack of organization and communication
that we have experienced in working with this team's management,"
Horsley said. "As a steward of taxpayer resources, we welcome the use
and rental of our fields for community purposes. However, we are unable
to facilitate "Jynx's" future use until current liabilities and concerns
with their organization are addressed."
When Get Gephardt
contacted Coach Cover about all of this, by phone he said he was eager
to sit down and talk on camera to set the record straight. That was
about a month before the broadcast of this story. Coach Cover has since
stopped returning our numerous calls.
In that original
conversation, Coach Cover cautioned Get Gephardt about going forward
with the story saying every single one of the "girls" who contacted us
is "actually facing other charges ... for slander, defamation of
character, and torturous interference with a business."
Court records show that no official charges have been filed with any Utah court.
for his other debts, Coach Cover admitted owing money to Tiki Printing
and says he plans to pay. He claims that Granite School District has
been fully paid, a fact Granite has since said is flatly not true. As
Coach Cover will not return messages, we are unable to get clarification
on his statement.
Going forward, The Jynx has had to find a new
league. After receiving numerous complaints, the Women's Football
Alliance says they have opted not to renew the Jynx contract with the
"We just don't want this type of person or this type of team in our league anymore," said W.F.A. founder Lisa King.
The Jynx are now with the Independent Women's Football League. Their first game is this Saturday in Las Vegas.
happened to Bean's, Lewis', Colobella's, Mondragon's and their
teammates' season fees for last season remains an unanswered question.
By Matt Gephardt
Produced by Cindy St. Clair
Edited by Amber Monio
Photography by Brain Morris
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)