NFLPA details discipline for agents who violate rules

Monday June 9th, 2014

Agent Drew Rosenhaus has represented professional athletes for 25 years. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Agent Drew Rosenhaus has represented professional athletes for 25 years. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The National Football League Players Association is aiming to crack down on rule-breaking agents, sending out a memo on Monday morning detailing the harsh punishment for those who get caught violating regulations.

According to a memo obtained by, the union wants discipline increased in the wake of player agent Drew Rosenhaus reportedly bribing Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

In April, an arbitrator ruled that Jackson owed Rosenhaus over $500,000 because of a previously unpaid loan. Jackson claims the loan, which was stuffed inside a Louis Vuitton bag, was a bribe to join Rosenhaus' agency.

Punishment and fines will be doubled, according to the memo, and a initial six-month suspension for agents who are in violation will be increased to a year.

The union wants agent to file "other agreements" they have with their clients, which can include "relevant documents relating to loans, lines of credit, or pre-combine or pre-draft services or benefits being provided to rookie clients."

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The NFLPA issued notice to all Contract Advisors they must submit all active "other agreements" to the union within 21 days of the memo (dated June 9, 2014) or else discipline will be handed down.

"This policy is imposed in response to recent comments made by [a] number of Contract Advisors to the staff and our player leadership regarding the use of 'other agreements' in recruiting players as clients," the memo reads.

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