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Niskayuna High principal suspended as agent for NFL players

Niskayuna High principal suspended as agent for NFL players

Sports agent John “J.R.” Rickert, who is also the Niskayuna High School principal, has been discipli

Sports agent John “J.R.” Rickert, who is also the Niskayuna High School principal, has been disciplined by an association overseeing football agents for making assurances that certain payments were made, even though they hadn’t.

The discipline consists of a three-month suspension from the NFL Players Association and a $5,000 fine, according to a news release from the association.

The Niskayuna Central School District issued a statement Thursday in response to an inquiry from The Daily Gazette saying the district is looking into the matter.

“The district is aware that Mr. Rickert has this other business venture,” the school district statement reads. “We are investigating the latest allegations. The law prohibits the district from commenting further at this time.”

The statement did not indicate what the possible outcomes of the investigation could be.

In addition to his school duties, Rickert is president and CEO of JR Sports Enterprises. He represents more than 100 professional athletes in four different sports, according to his website, and lists more than 12 years of experience representing pro athletes.

Rickert was named assistant principal at Niskayuna High School in 1999 and principal in 2001. In 2012, his salary was $134,000, according to SeeThroughNY.net.

He regularly attends district Board of Education meetings and school functions. He could not be reached Thursday.

The players association discipline came after Rickert made an agreement last month with the association, avoiding a scheduled hearing. According to a players association news release issued June 28, Rickert agreed to the penalty prior to an appeal hearing.

The allegations relate to a settlement agreement Rickert entered into with another certified contract advisor over sharing fees from a previous partnership, according to the news release.

Rickert, however, failed to make a number of payments on the schedule contained in the agreement. When questioned by the players association late last year, Rickert assured the representatives they had been made and that he could provide proof.

But Rickert never produced the promised documentation and a complaint was issued, resulting in last month’s sanctions.

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