SBJ/February 17 - 23, 2003/Labor Agents

Agent Weinberg to appeal decertification by NFLPA

Agent Steven Weinberg, who was decertified earlier this month by the NFL Players Association, vowed to appeal the decision and denied acting against his players' interests.

"I want to make it clear to everyone, I have not yet been afforded the opportunity to present my side of the story," Weinberg said. "I am confident that once the arbitrator hears the full story, he will agree with me and my clients that I have always acted in my clients' best interests."

Weinberg wouldn't reveal his response to the union's complaints.

Said NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen: "We are looking forward to the hearing, too, but we wanted it to occur much sooner than he did."

Berthelsen said the union offered Weinberg an arbitration hearing last week and this week, but Weinberg said he was not available.

Earlier this month, the NFLPA disciplinary committee found that Weinberg violated three of its agent regulations, including its conflict-of-interest rule.

The union issued a complaint late last year claiming that Weinberg subjected 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 arrived at Dallas hotels to play the Cowboys during the 2002 season.

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