Carl Poston, the agent for ex-Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, was suspended for two years Wednesday by the NFL Players Association's Committee on Agent Regulation & Discipline, the SportsBusiness Journal reported.
The suspension stems from violations over Arrington's contract negotiations at the end of the 2003 season. Arrington claims the Redskins orally agreed to a $6.5 million bonus, a bonus that was subsequently left out of the former Penn State star's contract.
"The suspension is wrong, irresponsible, and in violation of
the NFLPA rules," Poston's lawyer, Paul Aloe, said in a statement
issued Thursday. "We intend to vigorously contest this using all
appropriate legal remedies. These charges are utterly without
merit. It is LaVar Arrington's call whether or not Carl adequately
represents him. LaVar has urged that the charges be dismissed and
that Carl did nothing wrong."
Aloe said the Poston will take the case to arbitration under
NFLPA rules. Poston will continue to represent his clients while
contesting the suspension.
"We are confident that when the process is completed, Carl will
be completely vindicated," Aloe said.
In August, Arrington and the team came to a settlement over the bonus, but terms favored the Redskins, who agreed only to a deal that would make Arrington a free agent or net him a $3.25 million bonus if he made the Pro Bowl in two of the next four seasons. He did not make the Pro Bowl this season.
Arrington reached an agreement with the Redskins earlier this
month that allowed him to become a free agent. He said Thursday
that he will keep Poston as his agent.
"It's a total injustice,'' Arrington said. "Things like that
happen in life."
In January, the NFLPA filed a formal complaint seeking disciplinary action against Poston for "neglect."
Poston's suspension was announced at the players' union's annual meeting in Maui.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.