Longtime agent suspended by NFLPA

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WASHINGTON D.C. - The NFL Players Association has suspended longtime player agent Gary Wichard for nine months due to his involvement with North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin.

The Committee on Agent Regulation and Discipline has suspended Wichard's certification starting December 1, 2010, for impermissible contact with Austin at a time when the player was not eligible for the NFL Draft, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

NFLPA regulations prohibit agents from communicating with college players before they become draft-eligible.

Austin was dismissed by the university in October after an NCAA investigation found he had violated rules regarding agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct.

Wichard has waived his right to appeal and agreed to the suspension.

A former college quarterback, Wichard started Pro Tect Management in 1980 and represents such well-known NFL players as Dwight Freeney, Jason Taylor, Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Antonio Cromartie, Darren Sproles, Chris Cooley and Jimmy Clausen.

The NFLPA has also revoked the certification of contract advisor Teague Egan for providing an improper benefit to Dillon Baxter, which resulted in a one- game suspension for the USC running back last month.


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