NEW YORK -- Agent Carl Poston has been suspended by the NFL Players Association for two years for his role in a contract dispute between linebacker LaVar Arrington and the Washington Redskins.
NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw criticized Poston on Thursday for "making a mockery of our system."
"We have decided to take action that we are entitled to take under our regulations, and he is suspended for two years and that is where we are," Upshaw said. "This is not about him, it is about our authority as the exclusive bargaining agent for the players."
In March, the union's disciplinary committee recommended a two-year suspension for Poston, citing his failure to include a $6.5 million bonus in a contract between Arrington and the Redskins. Several hearings in the case were postponed since then, and the NFLPA issued the suspension Thursday.
Poston did not immediately return messages left for comment.
Upshaw was livid about what he perceived as Poston's inability to follow union rules.
"They, the agents, work at our beck and call," Upshaw said. "When you violate the rules and do not follow the procedures set down by the players themselves, we are going to act."
In April, Arrington went to court to support the agent's challenge of the recommendation for a suspension. That month, he also left the Redskins for the New York Giants, signing a $49 million, seven-year deal.
Arrington, the third overall pick in the 2000 draft and a three-time Pro Bowler, bought his way out of Washington in March for $4.4 million.
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