NFL adds two female voices to new conduct committee

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You could say that today’s announcement of the NFL’s new conduct policy stems directly from the NFL’s bungling of the domestic violence case of Ray Rice last offseason.

But they’re at least addressing one of the biggest failings of that debacle/investigation, by including some women in the process.

There are two female members among the nine-member conduct committee — Dee Haslam, the wife of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and Charlotte Jones Anderson, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the team’s executive vice president.

While both Haslam and Anderson are established members of the NFL machine, they at least bring a gender diversity to a process that was woefully lacking in such at the time Rice was being investigated for punching his wife in the face in an elevator.

According to the league’s release, the committee “will review the policy at least annually and recommend appropriate changes with advice from outside experts. The committee will ensure that the policy remains current and consistent with best practices and evolving legal and social standards.”

Allowing women to speak is a step toward evolution for the league, to say the least.

The other members of the committee include chairman and Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Bears owner George McCaskey, Texans owner Bob McNair and former NFL players Warrick Dunn and John Stallworth.

28 responses to “NFL adds two female voices to new conduct committee

  1. This is a joke, right? The NFL has just sunk to a new low with conflicts of interest. How stupid do they think people are?

  2. “outside experts”

    A wife of one owner, and a Exec. VP for/daughter of another, those are the outside experts?

    They are clearly not outside, and what makes them experts? And experts on what, exactly?

  3. This is insulting to anyone’s intelligence–except, of course, the writers at PFT.

    The rest of that committee is no better. Two former players, but five owners. What’s the difference between this and Goddell? HE EVEN MAKES THE FINAL DECISION.

  4. I think this move goes against what Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” The NFL thinks they can fool all of the people, all of the time.

  5. Honestly, this is hilarious. I can’t decide which is more entertaining: this, or the Washington Redskins.

  6. Well this gonna blow up in Goodell’s face… I am convinced now that the league front office is just stupid…. not evil, not devious, not even shifty


  7. Some of you need to work on your reading comprehension. They are members of the conduct committee that will consult with outside experts. They are not being called experts anywhere in this article.

  8. Dee Haslam, the wife of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and Charlotte Jones Anderson, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the team’s executive vice president.

    Gender diversity. Really? How about income diversity? Or common sense diversity? You mention Ray Rice twice but this is not just a domestic violence committee it’s a CONDUCT COMMITTEE.

    I can’t imagine what these two bring to the table.

  9. What a joke. I’m sure the daughter of a meddlesome owner and the wife of an alleged criminal owner will make impartial judgments on player conduct without erring on the side of the owners’ Brest interest. Right?

    None of these “steps” or “investigations” this league conducts should ever be taken seriously again until they bring in truly independent parties. Right now their process is akin to a CEO deciding to “completely reevaluate” the policies of the executive team by forming a committee composed of the executives responsible for the policies and the people who report to them. Right, that’s sure to drive uninhibited and impartial analysis.

  10. Now that is real fairness.
    Women judging the actions of men.

    How long will it be before these ivory tower hermits admit and allow differences between men and women?

  11. Wow. I was watching the presser today and I thought that was a cheerleader. Trask is the only female with an NFL acumen to be in this position. What a joke!

  12. Nice that the League has finally realized that women exist and have some value. But it would mean more if they chose someone who didn’t have direct conflicts of interest.

  13. I recall fondly the days when PFT shared insider rumors.

    Now that they are merely corporate-owned PC shills? Not so much.

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