[Editor's note: Given the disagreement between the NFL and the NFLPA regarding the impact of an August 4 letter agreement from NFL general counsel Jeff Pash to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith regarding lockout arrests, we've decided to post the full text of the letter. Both men signed off on the letter. Try to stay awake while reading it.]
This letter reflects our agreement that, except for the players listed below, the Commissioner has determined that players arrested or charged during the period March 12,2011-August 3, 2011 (the “Period”), as well as players engaged in other conduct during the Period that could lead to discipline by the Commissioner, shall not be fined or suspended for such conduct. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any player arrested or charged during the Period may be considered a repeat offender subject to enhanced discipline in the event player is subject to discipline in the future. In addition, the players arrested during the Period may be considered for entry into the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse (the “Substances of Abuse Policy”) pursuant to its terms.
The Commissioner has determined that the following players are repeat offender subject to discipline for conduct during the Period: Cedric Benson, Kenny Britt, Clark Haggans, Albert Haynesworth, Johhny Jolly, Adam Jones, Aqib Talib, and Brandon Underwood.
This letter agreement will not be used for any purpose other than to interpret and to apply the specific terms of the Agreement to which they pertain. It may not be used to support or oppose an interpretation of any provisions of the CBA other than the interpretation expressly resolved by this letter. This letter agreement is being entered into without prejudice to any party’s position on any issue other than those specifically resolved here.