Agent Jeff Nalley Suspended by NFLPA
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Agent Jeff Nalley, whose involvement with Curtis Enis led to the running back’s suspension at Penn State last year, today was suspended for almost two years by the NFL Players Association.
The union, which regulates agents in the NFL, banned Nalley from negotiating contracts with any league teams and from recruiting players as clients during the suspension. He will be fined $15,000 if he returns to player representation after the suspension, which ends April 15, 2000.
``This is the most severe penalty we have ever imposed,″ said NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen, ``but our committee felt it was well-justified under the circumstances. Hopefully, the message it sends will not be lost on the agents who are trying to recruit potential draftees in 1999.″
Nalley bought Enis, an All-America at Penn State, more than $1,000 worth of clothing last year. When the school was notified, coach Joe Paterno suspended Enis for the Citrus Bowl.
Enis, drafted fifth overall by the Chicago Bears, is now represented by Greg Feste.
Nalley was fined $10,000 and required to perform community service in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.