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NFLPA revokes Josh Luchs’ agent certification

In a move that likely won’t come as a surprise to anyone — including Josh Luchs — the NFLPA has revoked Luchs’ certification to represent NFL players in their contract negotiations.

Luchs co-authored an article in the October 18 issue of Sports Illustrated, in which he came clean regarding an extensive history of paying college football players.  He thereafter embarked on a series of radio interviews in his he reconfirmed his conduct, saying that he had no regrets regarding his behavior.

“Luchs has recently admitted to numerous violations of the NFLPA
Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, including making payments of
money and/or other things of value to college players at a time when the
players’ college eligibility had not ended,” the NFLPA Legal Department announced in a statement posted at the union’s website.  “According to his statements
to the media and press reports, Luchs made payments or attempted to
make payments to over 30 players while they were still playing college
football.”

Luchs has the right to appeal the decision, but he likely won’t.  What will he say?  It wasn’t me who admitted to blatant and repeated violations of the rules?

The NFLPA agent database indicates that Luchs has negotiated three active player contracts; the NFLPA player-agent listing shows Browns running back Mike Bell as Luchs’ only active client.

He remains the agent of record for eight inactive players:  cornerback Matt Clark, receiver Keenan Howry, defensive tackle Rodney Leisle, cornerback Jared Newberry, cornerback Justin Phinisee, linebacker Ryan Riddle, defensive end Darius Sanders, and defensive end Bernard Thomas.

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38 Responses to “NFLPA revokes Josh Luchs’ agent certification”
  1. Kisstherings says: Oct 21, 2010 9:18 PM

    Mike Bell says “hey…he might be an a-hole….but he’s MY a-hole!”
    How embarrassing it must be to be the only NFL player represented by this idiot.

  2. Kisstherings says: Oct 21, 2010 9:18 PM

    Mike Bell says “hey…he might be an a-hole….but he’s MY a-hole!”
    How embarrassing it must be to be the only NFL player represented by this idiot.

  3. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Oct 21, 2010 9:22 PM

    The NFL is lame. This guy pulled the blanket off of the ugly baby…….. and they punish him.
    Pathetic.

  4. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Oct 21, 2010 9:22 PM

    The NFL is lame. This guy pulled the blanket off of the ugly baby…….. and they punish him.
    Pathetic.

  5. Steve W. says: Oct 21, 2010 9:27 PM

    Gee, what a surprise. They decertify the whistleblower who isn’t seeking any new clients, but I’ve yet to hear about any in-depth investigations based on the allegations made in his article.

  6. Steve W. says: Oct 21, 2010 9:27 PM

    Gee, what a surprise. They decertify the whistleblower who isn’t seeking any new clients, but I’ve yet to hear about any in-depth investigations based on the allegations made in his article.

  7. jecates says: Oct 21, 2010 9:34 PM

    It wasn’t the NFL, it was the NFLPA, which is the same as the difference between General Motors and the UAW.
    He knew he would lose his license, what he did was on par with going to the dean of the school and saying “I cheated on my exam, but so did everyone else”. You’re going to get reprimanded, whether everyone else does or not … BECAUSE YOU ADMITTED TO DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW CAUSES THAT REPRIMAND.
    God you people are jackasses.

  8. jecates says: Oct 21, 2010 9:34 PM

    It wasn’t the NFL, it was the NFLPA, which is the same as the difference between General Motors and the UAW.
    He knew he would lose his license, what he did was on par with going to the dean of the school and saying “I cheated on my exam, but so did everyone else”. You’re going to get reprimanded, whether everyone else does or not … BECAUSE YOU ADMITTED TO DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW CAUSES THAT REPRIMAND.
    God you people are jackasses.

  9. VASeahawk says: Oct 21, 2010 9:36 PM

    He remains the agent of record for eight inactive players: cornerback Matt Clark, receiver Keenan Howry, defensive tackle Rodney Leisle, cornerback Jared Newberry, cornerback Justin Phinisee, linebacker Ryan Riddle, defensive end Darius Sanders, and defensive end Bernard Thomas.
    ********************************************
    Quite an impressive stable of talent

  10. VASeahawk says: Oct 21, 2010 9:36 PM

    He remains the agent of record for eight inactive players: cornerback Matt Clark, receiver Keenan Howry, defensive tackle Rodney Leisle, cornerback Jared Newberry, cornerback Justin Phinisee, linebacker Ryan Riddle, defensive end Darius Sanders, and defensive end Bernard Thomas.
    ********************************************
    Quite an impressive stable of talent

  11. Deb says: Oct 21, 2010 9:39 PM

    @Nate is Gay for Brady …
    Oh please! Luchs is the Joe Valachi/Sammy the Bull of agents. He made his haul for as long as he could, and when he got screwed over by a couple of guys, he decided to burn the whole thing down. As bad as these other guys are, he’s worse. He’s a crook and a rat. I’m glad he’s outing these creeps. They deserve whatever happens to them. But if he were in Valachi and Gravano’s line of work, he’d be doing the Goodfellas thing and spending the rest of his life in witness protection … or the rest of his life would be very very short.

  12. Deb says: Oct 21, 2010 9:39 PM

    @Nate is Gay for Brady …
    Oh please! Luchs is the Joe Valachi/Sammy the Bull of agents. He made his haul for as long as he could, and when he got screwed over by a couple of guys, he decided to burn the whole thing down. As bad as these other guys are, he’s worse. He’s a crook and a rat. I’m glad he’s outing these creeps. They deserve whatever happens to them. But if he were in Valachi and Gravano’s line of work, he’d be doing the Goodfellas thing and spending the rest of his life in witness protection … or the rest of his life would be very very short.

  13. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: Oct 21, 2010 10:03 PM

    Revoking this guy’s cert: Yeah, that’s gonna help.

  14. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: Oct 21, 2010 10:03 PM

    Revoking this guy’s cert: Yeah, that’s gonna help.

  15. rjgreen3 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:07 PM

    he was telling the truth and the nflpa doesn’t like it. the association has know for years what has been going on and turning the blind eye! SO NFLPA “WHATCHA GONNA DO NOW” since the cats outta the bag?

  16. rjgreen3 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:07 PM

    he was telling the truth and the nflpa doesn’t like it. the association has know for years what has been going on and turning the blind eye! SO NFLPA “WHATCHA GONNA DO NOW” since the cats outta the bag?

  17. FairHooker says: Oct 21, 2010 10:15 PM

    Didn’t Obama give GM to the UAW? So there’s no difference there…

  18. FairHooker says: Oct 21, 2010 10:15 PM

    Didn’t Obama give GM to the UAW? So there’s no difference there…

  19. VonClausewitz says: Oct 21, 2010 10:42 PM

    People are great at ignoring what’s directly in front of them. Some future Shakespeare will surely create living art entirely upon this truth.

  20. VonClausewitz says: Oct 21, 2010 10:42 PM

    People are great at ignoring what’s directly in front of them. Some future Shakespeare will surely create living art entirely upon this truth.

  21. pftMarxist says: Oct 21, 2010 11:11 PM

    I agree

  22. pftMarxist says: Oct 21, 2010 11:11 PM

    I agree

  23. Coach says: Oct 22, 2010 12:22 AM

    Nate is Gay for Brady says:
    October 21, 2010 9:22 PM
    The NFL is lame. This guy pulled the blanket off of the ugly baby…….. and they punish him.
    Pathetic.
    ———————————————
    Nate- couldn’t have said it better. They would rather banish a guy that is not looking for new clients instead of trying to clean up the garbage that is out there. It is all over the place, on most big campuses and available to any very good athlete. Of all the fish to fry, the NFL goes for Luchs? Maybe it is to take attention away from James Harrison and Brett Favre for a few hours.

  24. Coach says: Oct 22, 2010 12:22 AM

    Nate is Gay for Brady says:
    October 21, 2010 9:22 PM
    The NFL is lame. This guy pulled the blanket off of the ugly baby…….. and they punish him.
    Pathetic.
    ———————————————
    Nate- couldn’t have said it better. They would rather banish a guy that is not looking for new clients instead of trying to clean up the garbage that is out there. It is all over the place, on most big campuses and available to any very good athlete. Of all the fish to fry, the NFL goes for Luchs? Maybe it is to take attention away from James Harrison and Brett Favre for a few hours.

  25. mcannan4547 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:42 AM

    i find him slightly honest.

  26. mcannan4547 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:42 AM

    i find him slightly honest.

  27. LowVoltage says: Oct 22, 2010 12:50 AM

    According to the article in SI, when Luchs was suspended by the NFLPA, he resigned from the agent profession. So now the NFLPA dares to revoke his ‘suspension while ignoting the fact that they have been exposed for pretending to be blind to agent shinanigans? ? Ridiculous. I hope the union players realize how dishonest their leadership is. They cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

  28. LowVoltage says: Oct 22, 2010 12:50 AM

    According to the article in SI, when Luchs was suspended by the NFLPA, he resigned from the agent profession. So now the NFLPA dares to revoke his ‘suspension while ignoting the fact that they have been exposed for pretending to be blind to agent shinanigans? ? Ridiculous. I hope the union players realize how dishonest their leadership is. They cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

  29. megabeast37215 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:49 AM

    Best sports article of 2010… hands down.

  30. megabeast37215 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:49 AM

    Best sports article of 2010… hands down.

  31. Terry says: Oct 22, 2010 3:26 AM

    The NFLPA has ALWAYS taken care of their own.
    They’ve know forever how the upper echelon of the agents conduct their business and have done nothing about it.
    The lid has now been blown and they decertify a guy who no longer wants yo be an agent anyway.
    Richard Bertistein and the rest of the idiots in the legal department should be very proud today, the’ve protected Gary Wichard.
    Bet they don’t do a thing to him!

  32. Terry says: Oct 22, 2010 3:26 AM

    The NFLPA has ALWAYS taken care of their own.
    They’ve know forever how the upper echelon of the agents conduct their business and have done nothing about it.
    The lid has now been blown and they decertify a guy who no longer wants yo be an agent anyway.
    Richard Bertistein and the rest of the idiots in the legal department should be very proud today, the’ve protected Gary Wichard.
    Bet they don’t do a thing to him!

  33. Tiger's Wingman says: Oct 22, 2010 5:53 AM

    I wonder what the NFLPA plans to do with Gary Wichard? I would guess nothing since they really don’t care about agent conduct.

  34. Tiger's Wingman says: Oct 22, 2010 5:53 AM

    I wonder what the NFLPA plans to do with Gary Wichard? I would guess nothing since they really don’t care about agent conduct.

  35. Reddog says: Oct 22, 2010 9:02 AM

    Just allow the college kids to get paid! The NFLPA is a joke! I so hope the owners crush the union this spring!

  36. Reddog says: Oct 22, 2010 9:02 AM

    Just allow the college kids to get paid! The NFLPA is a joke! I so hope the owners crush the union this spring!

  37. LowVoltage says: Oct 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    Once the players vote to decertify the union, that whole jpke of an organization will be OUT! Whatever organization that replaces them after the new CBA will certianly have new management.

  38. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Oct 22, 2010 9:36 AM

    hey mr. smith,i have a great idea,let’s “shoot the messenger”.

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