On Tuesday, outgoing Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, will conduct a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. With the election past and Rockefeller retiring, he’s clearly not pandering to voters or advancing any other political agenda.
On the agenda to testify is NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent. It’s not known whether Rockefeller asked for Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify. The hearing will feature testimony from his top lieutenant regarding football matters.
Not on the agenda is any representative of the NFL Players Association. According to the press release unveiling the witness list, the NFLPA declined to send a witness to testify.
Major League Baseball, the NHL, the NBA, and the unions representing their respective players will all send representatives to the hearing. No Commissioners will be testifying.
Vincent’s testimony comes on a day when the NFLPA wants him to testify at the Adrian Peterson appeal hearing. As PFT first reported on Sunday, Peterson has submitted a transcript of discussions between Peterson and Vincent. Vincent allegedly told Peterson that games missed during a paid suspension would count as “time served” for the purposes of his personal conduct policy penalty.