According to Fox Sports, former San Diego Chargers and Florida State wide receiver Richard Goodman is suing the NFL Players Association, claiming the union failed to ensure his former agent was certified.
Richard Goodman, who played with the Chargers from 2010 to 2012, is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 in a civil suit that was filed Tuesday night in Broward (Fla.) County Court.
The 30-page lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by FOX Sports, accuses the NFLPA of “negligence, gross negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.” The complaint stems from roughly $61,000 that Goodman was forced to pay when a $25,000 loan in 2010 was taken out in his name by agent James Burnoski.
Goodman claims Burnoski forged his signature to receive the loan and then defaulted. The lender successfully sued Goodman for repayment of the $25,000 as well as an additional $22,500 in usury fees. The money was garnished from Goodman’s salary with the Chargers. In addition, Goodman was forced to pay $13,000 in personal legal fees.
Burnoski was in fact an agent at one point, but lost his certification.
We will write an additional piece on how to check to see if an agent is in fact certified and it will show you how many clients the agent actually represents.