By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The NFL Players Association agent disciplinary board recommended yesterday a two-year suspension of Carl Poston, the agent for former Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington.
The ruling comes less than a month after Poston met with NFLPA lawyers and the player-headed agent disciplinary board after being charged with negligence regarding the negotiation of Arrington's 2003 contract with the Redskins. The union alleges in its complaint that Poston failed to ensure a $6.5 million bonus clause was part of the eight-year, $68 million contract Arrington signed with Washington in December. The union also charged Poston with failing to cooperate with the union's investigation of the matter, failure to report violation of the contract, concealing contract information from the player and fraud.
The bonus money had long been a point of contention between Arrington and the Redskins, and is believed to be a main reason why relations soured between Arrington and team owner Daniel Snyder. The union contends that Poston signed the Arrington deal without having read it. Poston's representatives have strongly denied the accusation.
Representatives for Poston have complained that the union's process for handling complaints is unfair and last month asked for the union attorney, Richard Berthelsen, to remove himself from the case. They have 20 days to appeal the recommendation.
The timing of the recommendation hurts Arrington, as well as three other key Poston clients -- cornerbacks Ty Law and Charles Woodson and safety Lawyer Milloy -- because all are free agents. Arrington has visited Cincinnati, Miami and the New York Giants, and has stated a preference to remain in the NFC East.
· HARRIS SIGNS WITH 49ERS: The San Francisco 49ers signed veteran cornerback Walt Harris, adding depth to a young secondary. Harris has played 10 NFL seasons with three teams, spending the last two years with the Washington Redskins after earlier stints in Chicago and Indianapolis.
· MOSS'S AGENT ARRESTED: An agent for Randy Moss was charged with possession of crack cocaine after police were called to a hotel to investigate a disturbance, authorities told the Associated Press yesterday.
Dante DiTrapano and his wife, Teri, of Charleston, W.Va., were arrested Tuesday at a hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., police said.
Three other people also were arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine.
"I'm sticking by my friend and I'll support him and his family as he gets help battling his problem," Moss said in a statement.