NFLPA suspends Gary Wichard, who waives appeal rights

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.