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NFL Agent Vinnie Porter Plans To Resume Career After NFLPA Suspension Is Overturned

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Vinnie Porter’s NFLPA suspension has been overturned on appeal and he plans to resume his career as an NFL agent, attorney Darren Heitner said yesterday. Porter had been suspended by the NFLPA’s Committee on Agent Regulation & Discipline since February ’15 after the The Smoking Gun website reported that he had been arrested by the FBI for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Porter entered into an deferred prosecution agreement in April ’15 and on April 11 this year, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks dismissed all charges against him with prejudice, meaning the charges cannot be re-filed. NFLPA Arbitrator Roger Kaplan held a hearing on the NFLPA suspension on March 7 and overturned the union’s suspension of Porter, according to Heitner. Heitner in an email said, “Hopefully Porter will be able to go back to doing what he loves -- representing professional football players." The NFLPA declined comment. Porter was originally arrested by federal authorities with the help of a confidential informant, who, sources said, was former sports financial adviser Billy Crafton. Crafton, who represented many athletes throughout sports, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and is currently serving a year in prison. 
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