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NFLPA suspends Gary Wichard, who waives appeal rights

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Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports, and we separately have confirmed, that the NFL Players Association has suspended agent Gary Wichard.

Wichard represents several big-names NFL players, including Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, Bills running back C.J. Spiller, and Jets linebacker Jason Taylor.

As Robinson explains it, the suspension arises from Wichard’s interactions with North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who was suspended for all of the 2010 season due to NCAA rules violations.

The suspension is effective immediately.  As Robinson points out, the suspension essentially takes Wichard out of play for the 2011 draft class.

North Carolina officials provided the NFLPA with documented evidence of “improper involvement” with Austin.  The specifics aren’t yet known, and more details could be provided once the NFLPA announces the move.  An announcement is expected soon.

UPDATE:  The NFLPA has announced the suspension of Wichard, citing “impermissible contact” with Austin.  “The NFLPA Regulations prohibit agents from communicating with college players before they become draft-eligible,” says a statement posted on the union’s website.  The union has explained that Wichard agreed to the suspension, which means that there will be no appeal.

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11 Responses to “NFLPA suspends Gary Wichard, who waives appeal rights”
  1. WingT says: Dec 3, 2010 5:19 PM

    Good…I hope they never let him back.

  2. 4sacroc says: Dec 3, 2010 5:27 PM

    He also handles Chris Cooley … ya know, in case anyone gives a crap.

  3. laffers says: Dec 3, 2010 5:32 PM

    He’s been “dirty” for 20 years but he’s one of “the boys” on “L” Street and the suspension will undoubtedly be light.

  4. hotlantalaw says: Dec 3, 2010 5:44 PM

    Big deal. He’ll still make money on the side.

  5. vicksfavpitbull says: Dec 3, 2010 5:46 PM

    The Josh Luchs tell all story seems especially true now

    (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/magazine/10/12/agent/index.html?eref=sihp)

    scumbag?

  6. notinmomsbasement says: Dec 3, 2010 8:24 PM

    Wing T, could you elaborate on your post as to why you “hope they never let him back” I look forward to your response, though recognize it might be tough to type with the Wing Sauce caked to your fingers. Again, please elaborate. I’m interested.

  7. notinmomsbasement says: Dec 3, 2010 8:26 PM

    Wow…Vickspit….Scumbag huh. I would ask you to elaborate as well.

  8. laffers says: Dec 3, 2010 9:24 PM

    UPDATE:
    Today, when the NFLPA suspended one of their “BOYS” for a mere 9 months, after evidence revealed he had a college coach as a “runner” for years on the payroll. On the same day the Union REVOKED a young agent,Teague Egan, for giving a USC player a ride on a golf cart…….NOT ONE OF THE BOYS!

  9. notinmomsbasement says: Dec 3, 2010 10:25 PM

    Teague Egan. hahahaha I just sent that clown an email asking a few simple questions. Not a chance of a response yet. “Revoked”… Admittedly I have no idea how he was even granted access to sit the Exam, not my place there, but please do some research on the Qualifications of potential NFLPA certified contract advisors. Anything else you would like to make a blanket statement about, Laffers

  10. moneymike23 says: Dec 3, 2010 11:26 PM

    Good, now ESPN should suspend Mel Kiper.

  11. j0esixpack says: Dec 4, 2010 10:13 AM

    The pressure on agents is cut throat…

    It’s trickling down to the college recruiters too, chasing after kids younger and younger

    … promising them scholarships and degrees in “Cowboy” or “Astronaut” – just saying whatever it takes

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