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NFLPA on domestic violence penalties: If we believe due process rights are violated, we’ll intervene

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The NFLPA has weighed in on the letter sent by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to team owners on Thursday concerning the increased penalties for domestic violence.

The union knew that the league was planning to put a new policy in place under the existing personal conduct policy and their statement shows no sign that they will fight against its implementation generally, but that they will step into individual cases if they feel that the due process rights of their members are at risk.

“We were informed today of the NFL’s decision to increase penalties on domestic violence offenders under the Personal Conduct Policy for all NFL employees. As we do in all disciplinary matters, if we believe that players’ due process rights are infringed upon during the course of discipline, we will assert and defend our members’ rights,” the statement reads.

The NFL’s letter lays down a firm line against domestic violence that the NFLPA would look bad fighting against in general terms. It is left unclear what would constitute a violation and when Goodell would issue a punishment under the revised policy, however, and that grey area is one where the NFLPA could get involved during specific cases in the future. How much their involvement would matter with the league retaining the right to hear appeals is also unclear, but that hasn’t stopped the union from registering their complaints in the past.

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11 Responses to “NFLPA on domestic violence penalties: If we believe due process rights are violated, we’ll intervene”
  1. thehawg says: Aug 28, 2014 4:48 PM

    NFL should abolish penalties for testing positive for weed.

  2. bpearse230 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:06 PM

    The NFLPA is a joke. While I don’t condone domestic violence, the NFL just keeps flexing its might by arbitrarily changing the rules without input from its union. Wait for the expanded playoffs and 18 games schedules in the coming years. D. Smith is a puppet and a pretty stiff one at that.

  3. mackcarrington says: Aug 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    In other words, the NFLPA will just lay down and let the league do whatever it wants.

  4. coachbeck says: Aug 28, 2014 5:22 PM

    All unions are worthless. Times have passed them by, free the workers and allow them to negotiate for themselves.

  5. gayforbrady says: Aug 28, 2014 5:24 PM

    NFLPA is in a can’t win scenario.

    If they disagree they are against women. If they agree they are not representing the plsyers.

  6. pzj13 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:25 PM

    The punishment for Ray “Wife Beater” Rice is a joke. Absolutely the league has every right to punish players for domestic abuse in a harsher manner. #FreeJoshGordon

  7. huskywolverine says: Aug 28, 2014 5:47 PM

    The NFLPA is perhaps the weakest union ever created, due in part because Upshaw was completely over his head and not qualified for the job (an ex player vs the lawyer Tagliabue; I think we know how that is gonna turn out…), and incredibly, a lawyer like Smith seems clueless as well.

    While MLB, NBA and even hockey players don’t get taken to the cleaners by the owners, despite each leagues’ flaws, NFL players are led by a bunch of morons.

    Pretty soon, players will have weekly non-guaranteed contracts with carve-backs for poor play.

  8. clashpoint says: Aug 28, 2014 6:43 PM

    They should intervene any time the NFL thinks itself more important than the American court system. No one, not even a bunch of greedy poser billionaires, is more important than that.

  9. gator2006 says: Aug 28, 2014 7:26 PM

    huskywolverine says:
    Aug 28, 2014 5:47 PM

    Pretty soon, players will have weekly non-guaranteed contracts with carve-backs for poor play.

    Mixing your metaphors there

  10. campcouch says: Aug 28, 2014 7:45 PM

    The NFL’s moral standards are a farce. These are PR standards. The players are fools for agreeing to these punishments that are akin to double jeopardy.

  11. thereyougo2 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:41 PM

    Maybe the union should have some guts and take a stand against domestic violence instead of the asinine statement they come out with. Oh, but then the union leaders might not afford those expensive suits they obtain from the players dues. Another look what I’m doing for you besides taking a cut of your salary.

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