Marty Magid, the former agent for Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, has been fined $25,000 by the NFL Players Association for negligence following a bizarre fax machine snafu.
Dumervil was set to re-sign with the Denver Broncos, the only team he had played for, when a fax with the details of his revamped deal failed to reach the NFL offices for approval in time. As a result, the Broncos were put in an uncompromising position because of the league's free-agent rules, and Dumervil fired Magid for the mishap and signed instead with the Ravens for five years and $26 million.
The NFLPA's Committee on Agent Regulation and Discipline ruled on Tuesday that Magid committed "actions that adversely impact his ability to serve as a Certified Contract Advisor and for being in violation of provisions of the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors (“Regulations”)." The union also has imposed a six-month suspension of Magid’s certification as an NFLPA contract adviser.
The union says it has the power to impose such a fine under the bylaws of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the league. The NFLPA also indicated that it might take action against the Broncos for their role in the situation, which may have violated the CBA and Dumervil’s rights.
Magid has the right to appeal the discipline before an arbitrator. According to David Cronwell, who is issued a statement on Magid's behalf, said he plans to do exactly that.
“The NFLPA’s imposition of discipline is ill-advised and its announcement of discipline before Marty exhausts his appeal rights is indefensible. The NFLPA knows discipline is stayed pending the appeal and trying to circumvent the appeal process with a premature announcement of discipline is unconscionable. Marty will appeal. Marty will win.
"The discipline will not stand. The NFLPA made general and unsupportable assertions of negligence against Marty and then ignored or created facts to support its disciplinary decision. Marty represented Elvis Dumervil’s interests effectively and consistent with the standards imposed on him by the NFLPA’s agent regulations. We are confident our arbitrator will agree.”
Dumervil has had an excellent season with the Ravens, totaling six sacks and 14 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.
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