Jacksonville, Fla.-- A former college and pro football star thinks a local business tried to rip him off.
William Floyd's mother was his rock. The fullback helped lead FSU to a national championship in 1993 and the 49ers to a Super Bowl win in 1995. His mom was by his side every step of the way. "Everything I wanted was to make her proud," said Floyd.
Last month, Floyd lost his mother. "It's one of the hardest thing to go through in life," said Floyd. It was made worse by the difficulty of finding his mom a final resting place. Floyd signed a contract with the Arlington Park Cemetery for nearly $3,000 dollars. When he went back in to make a final payment, he was surprised. "They said we can't bury your mom unless you give us $900 more. I was floored. I have a contract," said Floyd.
We went to the cemetery to find out about the additional fee. The first time, no one would come out to talk to us. We went back four days later. This time Jim Bailey, the sales manager for Arlington Park Cemetery, came out. "I don't have a great deal of familiarity," said Bailey.
Bailey told us a counselor at the cemetery worked with Floyd on the contract. "The counselor and him got talking and said there's an FDS, or Funeral Director Special. Unfortunately that special is no longer in existence," said Bailey.
We looked through the contract and found the discount of $820. Bailey says the signature on the contract didn't make it binding. "Any contract, until signed by an officer of the company, is not legitimate," said Bailey. We asked why not just honor the contract since the discount was offered originally. "The contract is not enforceable until the officer with the company signs them," said Bailey.
Floyd says it caught him off guard. When we went through the contract again, we noticed the counselor who signed the deal, represented himself as not only a counselor, but a seller too. So, we went back to the cemetery. The more we pressed Bailey for details about what happened the more stories he gave us. "I showed him the property. I didn't work on the contract," said Bailey.
Bailey then admitted it was he who offered Floyd the discount originally. All for what, to get a few extra bucks out of a grieving football star? "They probably figured out who I was, and that I'd just go for it," said Floyd. We asked Bailey if he knew who Floyd was. "I don't him real well, but I know who he is," said Bailey. He told us it did not play a role in this contract.
Floyd ultimately got his deposit back, and respectfully buried his mother somewhere else. Now, he hopes his story will serve as warning for other grieving families. "It was never about the money, it was about honoring a contract," said Floyd. "I can't be the only one this has happened too."
We asked Bailey how many officers of the company there were and he could not answer that question.