I have announced that we are canceling the websites coverage of the 2022 Cajun All-Star Bowl, today on December 15th, 2021. The first year event has recently raised some red flags, mostly based on some dishonest and very deceitful claims made by the event’s manager, Bryan “Big B” Beasely.
After expressing my doubts earlier this week on Twitter, I have released a statement on the decision;
NFL Sapient prides itself in it’s coverage of the NFL Draft and the many all-star games that surround the pre-draft process and are crucial to the development and assessment of many college athletes attempting to go to the professional level. Our former late contributor, Josh Davis, spent much time investigating certain events that would potentially take advantage of young players looking for that opportunity. Carrying on his spirit and memory, we launched a private investigation into the event. After investigating, we are not convinced that the event is looking out for the best interest of the players it invites to participate. We will be dropping our coverage of the Cajun All-Star Bowl effective immediately.John Vogel, December 15th, 2021
Who is Bryan “Big B” Beasley?
The first question that I’ve had surrounding the event is the legitimacy of its director, Bryan Beasley. Not much can be found on the internet regarding his background. His LinkedIn profile shows that he is the Executive Director of the Cajun AllStar Bowl, a founder of a training HD3 Sports and Fitness. He also claimed to be the Director of Scouting to the Pigskin Allstar Invitational for four months, from November 2019 to February 2020, and an Area Scout for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2016 to 2018.
Beasley’s manners have not been as professional as one would hope for an event like this. He’s made several claims on his Twitter account, such as players who are not NFL caliber reaching out to him about attending the game, agents pushing players who aren’t NFL caliber, landing quarterbacks for his all-star game, and every NFL team being there to watch the talent on display.
At the very least, the presentation that Beasley puts on is off.
Inconsistencies in the presentation of the event
However, it’s deeper than a poor presentation. While investigating, we’ve uncovered several inconsistencies surrounding the details of the event.
- Bryan Beasley claimed on Twitter that all 32 NFL teams would have at least one NFL scout at the game. This is false; NFL Sapient has confirmed that at least two NFL teams will not be attending the event. It is near impossible to get all 32 NFL teams to show up to a lower tier all-star game, let alone one in its first year as an event.
- Beasley has claimed over the summer that the game “is expected to air on ESPN.” In September, JZ Media announced that Beasley had confirmed the game would be aired on ESPNU. However, all mentions of ESPN have been scrubbed from the games website, and now Beasley is tweeting some nonsense about a FuboTV partnership.
- The location of the event has changed. While announced initially that the game would be played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, the location has moved to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
- The Scouting Department page is just a RSS feed of articles from NFL Draft Bible. Who are the scouts looking for these players across the country?
Either Beasley is lying through his teeth, or this event is very poorly managed and run. We’re leaning toward lying. ESPN is not airing the event. Not all 32 teams will be there. What is to gain from Beasley claiming all of this? Better recruits to his game?
Other red flags regarding the event
That’s not all that we have uncovered. Some of the philosophies are not consistent with what the NFL really wants at an all-star event. Part of the issue over the years has been game directors not taking the advice of the NFL Scouts and personnel, who the event is put on for. Ignoring the advice from the NFL doesn’t help things while building a new game – especially if a game director has never worked in the NFL – like Bryan Beasley.
Declaring the event as an exclusive event
Beasley declared the game as an exclusive event, announcing to players and agents that the game would not be taking players who perform in other all-star bowl game events. Part of the reason that you would have a game after the Senior Bowl would be to pull players who impressed during a week that NFL teams would like to see again. It’s happened every year – players getting call-ups to other games.
Beasley claims that the “Every pro team already knows” about players in previous bowl events. “Don’t email me asking ME why I’m not allowing players who play in other games to be in our game,” he said in a recent tweet.
Why, Bryan? You’re the game director, are you not?
Starting off on the wrong foot with lack of trust
When speaking with people inside the league and NFL coverage, no one knew who Bryan Beasley is. He’s appeared on Neil Stratton’s Inside The League coverage as he attempts to build his bowl game up, but outside of that there is very little knowledge inside the NFL community of who Beasley is. An event of this magnitude starts with trust. Beasley is not starting out on the right foot with a lot of these ill-advised claims.
Beasley revealed a list of players who had accepted their invitations to the game. Among that list was Defensive Tackle Emmitt Gooden from Lincoln College. Gooden was expelled from the University of Tennessee in the summer of 2020 after a felony domestic assault arrest where Gooden was convicted of hitting his ex-girlfriend with a glass candle jar.
For an event that claims to feature the “top NFL talent,” Gooden won’t get a sniff of the NFL with that on his record.
We recommend that players avoid the event this year
The All-Star Bowl games are all about the players getting the opportunities to showcase their skills in front of NFL talent. That should be the focus. Bryan Beasley is too egocentric for that to occur during this event.
So far, Beasley has;
- Lied about the television coverage surrounding the game.
- Lied about the NFL personnel appearing to scout players at the game.
- Announced that if players attend any other all-star game, that they will not play in the Cajun Bowl.
- Brought red flag talent to the game as an attempt to build the talent level.
- Changed the location of the event without an announcement.
Considering all of these things, it would not be wise for NFL-hopeful talent to attend this event this year. Agents should not consider this game for their clients until at least Beasley comes clean about his event and explains all of the issues and inconsistencies with his presentation of the Cajun Bowl. Even so, it may be wise to wait a year to see how this game unfolds.