Per Liz Mullen of SBJ, previously suspended NFL agent Vinnie Porter has had his NFLPA suspension overturned on appeal. According to his attorney, our own Darren Heitner, Porter plans to resume his career as a NFL agent.
Porter was suspended by the NFLPA’s Committee on Agent Regulation & Discipline in February of 2015 after The Smoking Gun website reported that he had been arrested by the FBI for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Two months later, in April ’15, he entered into a deferred prosecution agreement, and on April 11 of this year, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks dismissed all charges against him with prejudice, which means that the charges against him cannot be re-filed. Sources said that the FBI had help from a confidential informant, who was thought to be former sports financial adviser Billy Crafton. Crafton represented many athletes through sports and is currently serving a year in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
His suspension went to an arbitration hearing led by NFLPA Arbitrator Roger Kaplan, who overturned the union’s suspension on March 7. Heitner said, “Hopefully Porter will be able to go back to doing what he loves – representing professional football players.”