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If Jamir Miller Was On The Take, Does It Hurt NFLPA CARD’s Image?

Our coverage of Josh Luchs is not quite over yet.  When Luchs started in the business, he learned that a good tactic for gaining a solid stable of clients was to pick a school and become “the agent” at that institution.  Rosenhaus has the University of Miami.  Luchs had UCLA.

One of the UCLA Bruins that Luchs signed was Jamir Miller.  Miller was the #10 overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft.  Not surprisingly, Miller was one of the few players named in the popular Sports Illustrated piece, who declined to comment on Luchs’ allegations.  Luchs claims that Miller accepted money before signing a representation agreement.

I am not surprised with Miller’s silence, since the same Jamir Miller was once a part of the five members on the NFLPA Committee on Agent Regulations and Discipline (CARD).  As mentioned last week, the NFLPA has the power to take action against agents right now through CARD and the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors.

CARD has the ability to revoke or suspend an agent’s Certification.  Was it a conflict of interest for Miller to have been a member of CARD if it is found that he did take money from the type of agent that CARD is supposed to find and kick out of its club?  I say “did”, because Miller is no longer a member of CARD.  In fact, it seems that he has moved on to launch a line of potato chips called “Crave”.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.