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Gareon Conley won’t be subject to discipline by the NFL for pre-draft misconduct

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Many things remain unclear regarding the pending rape allegations against Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley. One thing is clear: Whatever happens, Conley will not be subject to NFL discipline.

Conley won’t be subject to discipline because the alleged conduct occurred before he was drafted. While he necessarily would be unable to play if, for example, he is convicted on first-degree felony charges and sent to prison, the NFL can’t and won’t suspend him for something that happened before he became an employee of an NFL team.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed this position to PFT via email on Tuesday morning.

Conley’s behavior, if it’s ultimately proven that a sexual assault occurred, could be a factor if he violates the Personal Conduct Policy moving forward. For example, he could be regarded as a “repeat offender” under the policy, which could trigger enhanced punishment and/or expedited discipline.

That said, if Conley ultimately is indicted in Ohio for rape, the league and the Raiders will face tough questions about whether Conley should be allowed to keep practicing and playing.Since the behavior happened before Conley was drafted (and given that the Raiders drafted him with fair knowledge of the situation), the Constitutional presumption of innocence coupled with the plain terms of the Personal Conduct Policy means that the league will be unable to keep Conley from playing, no matter how awkward the optics may become.

This reality may not keep the league and the Raiders from trying to devise an ad hoc approach that reduces the criticism and cries of inconsistency, but if it gets to that point a fair response would be that the Raiders should have considered this before putting Conley’s name on the card last Thursday night.

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25 Responses to “Gareon Conley won’t be subject to discipline by the NFL for pre-draft misconduct”
  1. trubroncfan07 says: May 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    So it sounds like the NFL can dish out more punishment then the court. Crazy!

  2. raiderman81 says: May 2, 2017 11:56 AM

    What if he is guilty? Does mark Davis cut him immediately? No fan or owner can be on board with that man…

    either way hope it’s resolved quickly so we can move on with or with or without him

  3. nortonfest says: May 2, 2017 11:57 AM

    The Raider drafted him but haven’t signed him to a contract yet. They can hold off on this until later this summer to see how this plays out.

    Question – if it turns out he is guilty, are the Raiders required to sign him to a contract per the CBA?

  4. redlikethepig says: May 2, 2017 11:59 AM

    Especially since he seems innocent … not like the lying Patriots.

  5. creflowdollars says: May 2, 2017 12:04 PM

    Get accused of rape, no penalty

    Sell your own jersey, 5 game suspension

    Seems legit

  6. maust1013 says: May 2, 2017 12:15 PM

    There’s still the potential for the commissioner to come up with whatever he likes under the Personal Conduct Policy for what Conley says and does in terms of obstructing the investigation going forward. As we have seen in the past they can be quite ‘creative’ when they choose and the league does have that court approved carte blanche it can apply pretty much however it wants. Ask any of the AJ4 or Tom Brady how well the CBA protected them

  7. onebuffalove716 says: May 2, 2017 12:18 PM

    But they could with Brandon browner when he wasn’t even in the league?

  8. truninerfan49 says: May 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    If that’s the case then why are players put in the NFL drug program if they fail a drug test during the pre draft process?

  9. nathanp2013 says: May 2, 2017 12:33 PM

    This is a mountain of garbage. Jabril Peppers has too much water in his urine when they drug tested him before he was employed… put that man in stage 1!

    Conley could possibly go to jail… meh… he wasn’t an employee yet so there is nothing we can do.

    Classic example of Goodell talking out of both sides of his face.

  10. joetoronto says: May 2, 2017 12:46 PM

    What a lot of people are forgetting is that this guy hasn’t even been charged with anything.

    Until and if there are charges, I don’t see how he can be disciplined at all.

  11. therealraider says: May 2, 2017 12:50 PM

    Then why was Terrelle Pryor suspended when he entered the league?

  12. abninf says: May 2, 2017 12:52 PM

    redlikethepig says:

    Especially since he seems innocent
    ==============================

    He seemed innocent until we learned he lied.

  13. jag1959 says: May 2, 2017 12:56 PM

    joetoronto says:
    May 2, 2017 12:46 PM
    What a lot of people are forgetting is that this guy hasn’t even been charged with anything.

    Until and if there are charges, I don’t see how he can be disciplined at all.
    ==========================

    Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t charged either. No one should delude themselves the league can do whatever it wants. The good news for Raiders fans is with the pending move to Sin City the league doesn’t want any undo attention on the them.

  14. woodson28 says: May 2, 2017 1:17 PM

    NFL discipline is determined on a case by case basis and is heavily based on the team that drafts the player in question.

  15. radrntn says: May 2, 2017 1:20 PM

    Sounds like the opinion here is guilty until proven innocent.

    Cut her a check for $50k and move on.

  16. bullcharger says: May 2, 2017 1:43 PM

    abninf says:
    May 2, 2017 12:52 PM
    redlikethepig says:
    Especially since he seems innocent
    ==============================
    He seemed innocent until we learned he lied.

    ———

    When did you learn he lied?

  17. savethebs says: May 2, 2017 1:50 PM

    Conley won’t be subject to discipline because the alleged conduct occurred before he was drafted.
    ———————————-
    Terrell Pryor would like an explanation

  18. gotitan says: May 2, 2017 2:21 PM

    bullcharger says:
    May 2, 2017 1:43 PM

    abninf says:
    May 2, 2017 12:52 PM
    redlikethepig says:
    Especially since he seems innocent
    ==============================
    He seemed innocent until we learned he lied.

    ———

    When did you learn he lied?
    ___________________________________
    When he spoke and obtained a lawyer.

  19. Longfellow Deeds says: May 2, 2017 2:28 PM

    If you’re going to put yourself in this position, drug her first, wear a condom, then put her in a closet before you leave

  20. ldloudin says: May 2, 2017 2:50 PM

    The best news Conley & the Raiders have received lately is that her attorney isn’t Gloria Allred. That would have led to an all-out public barrage including weekly press conferences rotated between Oakland, LV & in front of NFL HQ.

    radrntn says:
    May 2, 2017 1:20 PM
    Sounds like the opinion here is guilty until proven innocent.

    Cut her a check for $50k and move on.

  21. maestro1899 says: May 2, 2017 3:02 PM

    So Conley will not be subject to discipline, but if he failed his drug test at the Combine in February, he would enter the NFL in the NFL’s “drug program”, even though that failed test would have occurred BEFORE the player entered the NFL. Yet Roger Goodell had the nerve this weekend to say marijuana is “bad” for players. LOL great message you are sending there.

    Priorities, Roger, priorities.

  22. jjfootball says: May 2, 2017 8:43 PM

    Sorry Goodell, keep out of it!

  23. harril3 says: May 3, 2017 3:00 AM

    Maestro1899 best me to it…NFL is obviously GOP…drugs, bad. Violence against women? Not so bad, maybe she deserved it.

  24. laserw says: May 3, 2017 8:54 AM

    This clown has not been found guilty of anything EXCEPT having horrific judgment in mating partners.

    Now, if he is as much of a dirtbag as charged, then he can add being a dirtbag that should not be employed in the NFL and to spend some jail time having himself used like he does women.

  25. sportsfanatic55 says: May 3, 2017 9:11 PM

    Guys do you not realize if this guy is guilty he is going to be in jail for multiple years? lol.

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