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NFLPA suspends Ben Dogra for three years

It’s been coming for months, and it finally has happened. The NFL Players Association has suspended agent Ben Dogra for three years.

The NFLPA, through its Committee on Agent Regulations and Discipline, unanimously imposed the punishment based on a 38-count complaint. He also was fined $200,000.

Dogra, regarded as one of the more influential and powerful agents in the industry, has the right to appeal the discipline before an arbitrator. Discipline would be stayed pending resolution of the appeal.

The release from the NFLPA contains no details regarding the basis for the suspension. Some believe that the NFLPA action relates, at least indirectly, to Dogra’s acrimonious split with CAA in November 2014. The agency fired Dogra, who then hired lawyer Rusty Hardin.

In May, Dogra met with the NFLPA regarding the allegation. Dogra was represented by Hardin and Arthur McAfee, a former NFLPA lawyer who ran against NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in March.

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30 Responses to “NFLPA suspends Ben Dogra for three years”
  1. blizzard01 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:32 PM

    At least he has his modeling career to fall back on.

  2. chc4 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:38 PM

    So I guess this is somehow Roger Goodell’s fault too?

  3. yourmadre says: Jan 6, 2016 6:40 PM

    So….any explanation as to why he was suspended for 3 years? Seems like that might be relevant to the story.

  4. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 6, 2016 6:42 PM

    Allegation? What allegation?

  5. catfish252 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:42 PM

    You couldn’t mention what some of the complaints were?

    Who, What, Where, When, and Why

    Sound familiar?

  6. FinFan68 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    1) You seem to have deleted a paragraph or two.

    2) Is this the same NFLPA that appeals every 1 game suspension? How can they do that with a straight face going forward after they hammer a guy for $200k and ban him for 3 YEARS.

  7. justintuckrule says: Jan 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    Great article. What did he do?

  8. kd75 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:53 PM

    Blue Steel…

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 6, 2016 6:54 PM

    Hasn’t wiped the smirk off the little jerks face though.

  10. weepingjebus says: Jan 6, 2016 7:01 PM

    I heard it was three years or a Bills playoff appearance, whichever comes first. Poor guy.

  11. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:14 PM

    Just to refresh everyone: This is who was representing Adrian Peterson during all the “Are the Vikings going trade Peterson?” hoopla this past offseason that resulted in his new restructured contract.

  12. jbloggs13 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:28 PM

    So De Smith’s buddies like Drew Rosenthal get a pass for keeping him in office while others take a bullet.

    It sounds like Dogra should have made sure to keep Smith happy. He could even lined up some financial advisers to pad his pockets. No harm no foul if you keep De in office.

  13. granadafan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:28 PM

    That is one slimy looking lawyer.

  14. diehardfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:38 PM

    What a soap opera.

  15. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 6, 2016 7:45 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jan 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    1) You seem to have deleted a paragraph or two.

    2) Is this the same NFLPA that appeals every 1 game suspension? How can they do that with a straight face going forward after they hammer a guy for $200k and ban him for 3 YEARS.
    He’s not Tom Brady that’s why.

  16. cwwgk says: Jan 6, 2016 7:53 PM

    Would love to know who serves as an arbitrator for suspensions handed out by the NFLPA.

  17. kanodogg says: Jan 6, 2016 8:31 PM

    that punishment is a big too ruff

  18. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2016 8:40 PM

    If he was stealing from clients, do you pinheads still think it was too rough? Because pretty much that’s about the only thing the NFLPA will suspend you for.

  19. jdbaker01 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:45 PM

    “One cannot escape the hand of justice” – Greg Hardy

  20. rosstuckershair says: Jan 6, 2016 8:45 PM

    He was Randy Moss’ agent as well. He was busted for doing toot and Moss dropped him…

  21. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2016 9:10 PM

    Well dang, now who’s going to make arrangements to rent AP’s next birthday camel?

  22. theoriginalelduderino says: Jan 6, 2016 9:21 PM

    If the suspension is from the Players Association (NFLPA) it would likely have to be related to some allegations that he did not act in the appropriate manner for his NFL clients, which allegedly caused some type of injury to them (likely contract related or financially).

    Just bizarre that in this day with social media and 1000 24 hour new channels that so little is known about the allegations.

  23. xbam says: Jan 6, 2016 9:35 PM

    HGH? Deflate Footballs??

  24. bills72284 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:19 PM

    His nose looks like it has another nose

  25. powersnatch0102 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:37 PM

    This guy is a turd nugget. Slimeball agent who ultimately screws his clients by using unreasonable demands.

  26. followme2boston says: Jan 6, 2016 10:41 PM

    That is so unfair, the NFLPA is too in love with power, acting like judge jury and executioner! Where is that outrage?

  27. j0esixpack says: Jan 6, 2016 11:21 PM

    Can they suspend Goodell while they’re at it?

    Whatever this guy did, Roger has done far worse

    This guy thinks he’s above the Law – of Physics!

  28. ermur221 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:28 AM

    Rusty Hardin is a sleeze!!!!

  29. gtodriver says: Jan 7, 2016 7:01 AM

    I don’t think the fine or the suspension are long enough.

    The guy is one of the sleaziest agents out there (and there are a lot of sleazy agents).

  30. intrafinesse says: Jan 7, 2016 8:26 AM

    Based on the information in the article it’s clear why he was suspended for 3 years – Not.

    I googled him and found out more, but there isn’t much information.

    The NFLPA didn’t cite any specifics Wednesday in its statement. The players on the committee on agent regulations and discipline voted unanimously to sanction him.

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