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NBA players union suspends Tank Black

The National Basketball Players Association suspended embattled sports agent William "Tank" Black from representing NBA players, pending the outcome of his criminal trial.

Black, who represented budding superstar Vince Carter, pleaded innocent to federal charges of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The NBPA suspended Black because of allegations that he has committed fraud and misused funds that he obtained from players, said Dan Wasserman, NBPA spokesman. "He is out of the NBA agent business for the moment," Wasserman said. "He can appeal."

Carter suspended his relationship with the agent pending the outcome of the trial.

In addition to Carter, Black represented numerous NFL players, but most of them have left him.

— Liz Mullen

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