SBJ/February 10 - 16, 2003/Labor Agents

NFLPA decertifies Weinberg as an agent after violations

The NFL Players Association has decertified veteran football agent Steve Weinberg after the union's disciplinary committee found that he violated three of its agent regulations, including its conflict-of-interest rule.

"His certification has been revoked immediately," said Richard Berthelsen, NFLPA general counsel. Weinberg may appeal the decision at a hearing before arbitrator Roger Kaplan on Friday, Berthelsen said.

Weinberg, who represents about 35 NFL players, including Washington running back Stephen Davis and Denver running back Mike Anderson, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The union's disciplinary committee filed a complaint against Weinberg late last year for subjecting his NFL player clients to legal garnishment claims by a former business partner.

NFL agent Howard Silber has been trying to collect a judgment of more than $200,000 against Weinberg, his former partner, by garnisheeing fees that NFL players owe Weinberg. Some players were served with legal papers as their teams have arrived at Dallas hotels to play the Cowboys during the 2002 season.

"He failed to take sufficient precautions not to involve his players in his private dispute with a former business partner," Berthelsen said. "In doing so, he sacrificed his players' financial interest in favor of his own."

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