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You may remember, from Pat Jordan's already famous story for us about trying to interview Jose Canseco, his lawyer "Rob," a "a Cherokee Indian from North Carolina" who, after four years working for Jose, had yet to be paid. Well, Canseco might have just done Rob — whose real name is Robert Saunooke — a big favor: He just fired him.


Saunooke seems a bit bewildered by the firing ... and more than a little relieved.

"What's percolating is I don't represent him anymore. I terminated my relationship with him," said Saunooke. "Just moving on. It's a number of things. Irreconcilable differences, disagreement on some issues. I just don't need the hassle anymore."

Here's perhaps our favorite section on Canseco and Saunooke from the story:

Over the last few years, Rob has negotiated prospective deals for Jose worth almost $2 million. Rob got Taco Bell to ante up $25,000, plus residuals, for Jose to star in a TV commercial in which Jose would hold up a huge burrito and say, "This thing's gotta be on something." Jose demanded $50,000 instead and Taco Bell walked. Rob also got Jose an offer of $100,000 from, which would require Jose simply to wear that company's t-shirt and cap whenever he was on TV. Jose demanded $200,000 and Golden Palace walked. Then, Rob got Jose an offer of $75,000 from a reality TV show that wanted to film Jose in a wheelchair for thirty days. Jose demanded more, and the TV show vanished. Finally, Rob got Jose an offer of $500,000 for a movie based on his life, but Jose demanded $1.5 million and the offer vanished. "I told him, 'You're not Bill Clinton, Jose!'" said Rob.


Rob, we congratulate you on your return to the world of the sane.

Jose Canseco Parts Ways With His Longtime Agent [New York Daily News]
Chasing Jose, By Pat Jordan [Deadspin]


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