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Player prepare to push back against personal conduct policy

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The new CBA won’t be done until the players vote to reconstitute the union.  After that happens, the NFL and the NFLPA must collectively bargain matters like drug testing, steroids testing, and the personal conduct policy.

As to the personal conduct policy, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah addressed on Tuesday’s PFT Live the question of whether the resurrected union will allow the league to impose discipline for off-field incidents occurring during the work stoppage.

“Something tells me our members are going to tell us to deal with that pretty aggressively,” Atallah said.  “I’ll just leave it at that.”

And they should.  It’s wrong, in our view, to hold players responsible for things done away from work at a time when the boss won’t let the players work.

Even if the league is pushing the issue merely for leverage as to other issues, it’s an unreasonable position and the players should refuse to make any concessions in order to get the league to abandon this stance.

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28 Responses to “Player prepare to push back against personal conduct policy”
  1. johnjosephyossarian says: Jul 26, 2011 10:09 PM

    As they should.

  2. daburgher says: Jul 26, 2011 10:10 PM

    Eat it Goodell!

  3. suite34 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:11 PM

    If the goal is to punish actions that reflect negatively on the league, then the owners should be suspended for a year. The lockout did more damage than a DUI.

  4. abninf says: Jul 26, 2011 10:16 PM

    If they weren’t under contract then go ahead and fight it.

  5. kane337 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:17 PM

    The players still represent the NFL shield and they knew of the conduct policy prior to the lockout. They should still be punished for being stupid.

  6. welzy says: Jul 26, 2011 10:20 PM

    Why don’t the players simply improve their personal conduct?

  7. shieldsisland37 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:20 PM

    You do the right thing because its the right thing, not because you are scared of being punished. If these players did not want to get punished they should have not committed the crimes.

  8. tonyinjax says: Jul 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    Aqib Talib just planted a juicy, wet kiss right on Atallah shiny forehead.

  9. june20102002 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    Listen, if I did half the things some of these players have done, maybe just one thing, anything Pacman Jones has done I would be fired!!!

    I am happy that someone wants to set some kind of discipline in a sport I love. But some of these brain damaged football players and their twitter accounts sound so ridiculous, starting with the mope James Harrison.

    If you don’t want to be disciplined don’t do anything stupid!!! plain and simple, have some pride and think about your family reputation when you get a mugshot!!!

  10. flboyindallas says: Jul 26, 2011 10:23 PM

    If my employer closed up shop for six months and then tried to monitor my personal business during that time I’d tell them to go take a flying leap, too.

  11. Slackmo says: Jul 26, 2011 10:24 PM

    Rae Carruth agrees.

  12. billinlouisiana says: Jul 26, 2011 10:25 PM

    They gave the league and the NFLPA as a whole a black-eye in the public perception and SHOULD be punished for that regardless of whether or not there was a “CBA”.

  13. realitypolice says: Jul 26, 2011 10:26 PM

    kane337 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 10:17 PM
    The players still represent the NFL shield and they knew of the conduct policy prior to the lockout. They should still be punished for being stupid.
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    If your company laid you off, would you consider yourself to still be representing that company while you were out of work?

  14. cardsfann1 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    So much for trying to get these jackasses to hold themselves accountable as men much less role models to our youth of America. Ridiculous!!!

  15. cmdrwill says: Jul 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    Ridiculous. Being locked out shouldn’t give the players carte blanche to act like fools and say anything they want without ramifications. They still are part of the NFL, still part of a team, and still need to represent accordingly. It’s not asking too much to be a decent human being all the time, not just while not locked out. You don’t like it? Go try and get a job in the real world with that foul mouth and lousy attitude and your problems with any kind of authority.

  16. bronco1st says: Jul 26, 2011 10:32 PM

    A “Get Out Of Jail Free” card?

  17. FinFan68 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:33 PM

    The position of the players is typical. They feel they should not be punished or held accountable for any of their actions. My opinion is that they were aware of the policy prior to the lockout so they should be held accountable for anything since then. If the roster bonuses/workout bonuses are to be paid for that time then they should be able to be sanctioned for stupid acts. You can’t have it both ways. I think the union should take a strong stance against the minority of idiots that impact the players as a whole. The policy should be more stringent, not less.

  18. cardsfann1 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:37 PM

    Driving under the influence is never okay and should have never been compared to the lock out douche bag!!!!

  19. welzy says: Jul 26, 2011 10:51 PM

    It isn’t actually monitored by anyone but the police. Don’t beat your woman or do something stupid with alcohol/drugs. Then you don’t wind up in the newspaper. Is that so hard?

  20. pizzon says: Jul 26, 2011 10:52 PM

    what the players do on their own time especially when they are being locked out by their employer makes it non of the business of the commissioner. maybe if the idiot commisssioner started treating these players like grown men they might give him a little respect.

  21. trbowman says: Jul 26, 2011 10:52 PM

    I’m not going to shed any tears for Aqib Talib and Kenny Britt. Sorry. Can’t do it.

    Go league.

  22. freedomispopular says: Jul 26, 2011 10:56 PM

    Th8is isn’t just some regular business. It’s a multi-billion dollar and growing business. Therefore, it’s reputation needs t0o be top notch. I gotta disagree with MF here.

  23. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 26, 2011 11:15 PM

    The public’s confidence in the integrity of the NFL is of paramount importance. Think about it. Is it really too much to ask players, rookies, or full-time employees of the League NEVER to engage in violent or criminal activity? The personal conduct policy should not end at the locked door of the team facility.

  24. deadeye says: Jul 26, 2011 11:17 PM

    “And they should. It’s wrong, in our view, to hold players responsible for things done away from work at a time when the boss won’t let the players work.”

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    I see, so the lock out was essentially a get out of jail free card for coke snorting, DUIing, wife-beating victims of those greedy owners. No consequences after getting life time health insurance and a 95% salary floor, sounds about right.

  25. deadeye says: Jul 26, 2011 11:20 PM

    “maybe if the idiot commisssioner started treating these players like grown men they might give him a little respect.”

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    So Goodell’s harsh treatment of the players is causing the NFL crime wave? What are you, a buffoon?

  26. oscojoe says: Jul 26, 2011 11:36 PM

    Get real people; just because there was a lockout does not change the fact they repersent the NFL.

  27. kalispellmt says: Jul 26, 2011 11:43 PM

    /Agree, as long as they still qualify for the turd watch.

  28. gbmickey says: Jul 27, 2011 12:24 PM

    deadeye says:
    Jul 26, 2011 11:20 PM
    “maybe if the idiot commisssioner started treating these players like grown men they might give him a little respect.”

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    So Goodell’s harsh treatment of the players is causing the NFL crime wave? What are you, a buffoon?

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    Couldn’t agree with you more deadeye pizzon is an idiot. Here is a suggestion pizzhead why don’t the players respect the rules, wives, girlfriends, or simply the law?

    What does it take a Stallworth act on one of your family members to get it through that echo chamber of yours that they represent the NFL and the punishment they get is minimal for just having to obey the law which everyone else has to do. I’m guessing you hate all law enforcement also not because you were treated unfairly just because you were punished for a stupid act yourself. They all know the cosequuences going in but yet the ones that are punished are the ones with the mouths.

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