The NFLPA Has The Power To Take Action Against Agents Right Now
The NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors is a 54 page document that talks about everything from NFLPA Contract Advisor Certification to how to remain as an NFLPA Contract Advisor by adhering to the standard of conduct.
Section 6 of the Regulations is titled, Oversight and Compliance Procedure. The committee in charge of agent regulation and discipline is called CARD. The Committee is authorized to prosecute disciplinary procedures against Contract Advisors who violate the Regulations. Robert Smith, a former running back for the Minnesota Vikings and current CARD member, recently said,
“I wish we could do more and move faster to get these morons out of there. It has been a real hassle.”
But instead of wishing, perhaps Smith should read the entirety of Section 6 of the Regulations, specifically Section 6(B), which is titled, Complaint; Filing. It is Smith and the rest of CARD that should be proactive, because disciplinary proceedings are initiated by the Committee upon filing of a written Complaint against a Contract Advisor.
And then there is the extraordinary circumstances clause. It states that where CARD’s investigation discloses that the Contract Advisor’s conduct is of such a serious nature as to justify immediately revoking or suspending his Certification, CARD may immediately revoke or suspend his Certification with the filing of the Disciplinary Complaint or thereafter. The Contract Advisor is then entitled to an expedited appeal of that action.
Will the NFLPA use this clause against Gary Wichard? If Smith and others in CARD has credible information about Wichard or any other agent, will they use the power that they have to finally take some action against the unscrupulous agents?