NFLPA has no comment on new domestic violence penalties


The NFL issued on Thursday a new policy regarding domestic violence, which calls for a six-game suspension in the aftermath of a first offense and, possibly, a lifetime ban for a second offense.

The NFLPA has no comment at this time on the revised penalties.

The league informed the union that a new policy was coming. Because the domestic violence penalties are covered by the personal-conduct policy and because the league already has full discretion to impose penalties for off-field misbehavior, the NFL believes it has the latitude to revise the conduct policy.

The NFLPA apparently won’t be challenging that change as a general matter. It’s possible that arguments regarding the unilateral changes to the policy will be made within the context of specific incidents of player discipline.  With the league retaining the power to resolve all appeals, however, it may not matter much.

And while it’s never popular to defend domestic abusers, a potential lifetime ban for a second offense could, in some cases, be a bit on the strong side.  Especially for a league that saw fit to suspend Ray Rice only two games for knocking out his then-fiancée.

20 responses to “NFLPA has no comment on new domestic violence penalties

  1. If they’re smart they’ll just remain quiet and let this be. How could anyone be against it after the outcry of the two game suspension Rice received.

  2. If Goodell believes what he says about domestic violence being “illegal” and “wrong”, then no, a potential lifetime ban for a 2nd strike doesn’t seem too harsh to me.

    A first offense is bad enough, but at least you can have the chance to redeem yourself.

    But a second time means you haven’t learned, and you’re a terrible person, and you’ve got to go.

    It’s a really simple message. Don’t abuse your family or partner.

    If you can’t receive that message, you don’t deserve the privilege of playing in the NFL.

  3. Well if the pattern continues where a new policy is made and then somebody slips through the cracks, then I guess they will just have to issue a new policy at that time to restart a new cycle of a similar circus.

  4. Goodwill has certainly put the NFLPA in a tight squeeze here.
    How do you explain to the public that 2 failed opportunities isn’t enough for a lifetime ban?
    Think about the Ray Rice situation…we were all appalled seeing it happen once. To see it happen again to the same guy and not expect a lifetime ban to be given would be ridiculous.
    I can’t stand him but touché Goodell.
    Now stop screwing the fans over the Sunday package…give everyone an opportunity to purchase it.

  5. Lil the NFL is a joke. As long as it serves our interests we will take as long or as little time we want to change things in our favor.
    Took them forever to issue Gordon rule yet they got this done in a week.

  6. My version
    First offense – 8 Games to one year
    Second Offense – year suspension to lifetime ban
    Third Lifetime ban

    Must have some room to allow greater punishments for greater offenses.

  7. I’d like to hear the leagues justification of the policy change in light of Ray Rice getting off so easily on his first offense. If a few weeks down the road the league thinks six games as a minimum is fair, why wasn’t it when handing out Rice’s punishment? And if Rice’s two games are fair, why jump to six games for a first offense?

  8. In an ideal world, Goddell works with the union to craft a policy. And the union understands that one is needed and agrees with the punishments. But it seems clear Roger doesn’t have to do this.

  9. I do not believe for a second that the NFL in it’s current state will ever suspend a player for life.

  10. For a league that dresses it’s players in Hot Pink for a month you know they were going to be stepping up the penalty to save face. BTW, the majority of the money from the pink attire goes right back into the NFL bank.

  11. The union has no interest in this just like they don’t want HGH testing to be implemented despite their claims to the contrary. Unions exist for one reason — to protect the employment of their members at all costs. Doesn’t matter what they do, the union does not want them punished. NFLPA will come up w/ some bizarre explanation for why they can’t support this.

  12. How could anyone be against it

    For all intents and purposes, the NFL PA is the equivalent of the ACLU. Their job is to protect the player at all costs. Under those auspices, they would fight to reduce any penalty assessed to any player.

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