Plain language of Personal Conduct Policy makes Cowboys voyeurism case more confusing

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The NFL has said that it won’t investigate the Cowboys voyeurism scandal because it’s a club matter. Standing alone, that’s a ridiculous proposition. It becomes even more ridiculous when considering the plain language of the Personal Conduct Policy.

The allegation that former Cowboys P.R. executive Rich Dalrymple recorded Cowboys cheerleaders while they were changing clothes, if true, undoubtedly violates the Personal Conduct Policy. The policy states that, “whenever the league office becomes aware of a possible violation of the Policy, it will undertake an investigation, the timing and scope of which will be based upon the particular circumstances of the matter.”

The question is whether the league was even aware of the situation. The policy expressly requires that potential violations be affirmatively reported by the team.

“Clubs and players are obligated to promptly report any matter that comes to their attention (through, for example, victim or witness reports, law enforcement, civil litigation, or media reports) that may constitute a violation of this Policy,” the policy explains, in very broad terms. “Clubs are expected to educate their employees on this obligation to report. Club reports should be made to NFL Security or Kevin Manara of the Management Council legal staff. Questions about whether an incident triggers a reporting obligation should be directed to Kevin Manara or Lisa Friel of the league office. Failure to report an incident will be grounds for disciplinary action. This obligation to report is broader than simply reporting an arrest; it requires reporting to the league any incident that comes to the club’s or player’s attention which, if the allegations were true, would constitute a violation of the Policy.”

So, yes, the Cowboys should have alerted the league to the situation. We have specifically asked the league office — three times — whether the Cowboys reported the incident to the league office. The first request was made on Monday, February 21. The third request was made last night. The league has not responded to any of these requests, not even with a “no comment.”

Obviously, something is going on here. Either the Cowboy failed to report the incident to the league office (a violation of the policy by the team) or the Cowboys reported the incident to the league office and the league office didn’t investigate (a violation of the policy by the league).

Our guess (and it’s admittedly a guess) is that it wasn’t reported then, and that the league office doesn’t want to make it an issue now, not with Congress already aggressively investigating the league’s mishandling of the Washington Commanders situation. So far, the league has gotten away with its fumbling of the Cowboys case, in part because (frankly) not enough media outlets are asking clear and pointed questions.

The NFL can ignore PFT; it’s done it before, it will do it again. The NFL can’t ignore everyone else. So maybe everyone else should be asking the same question we posed to the league office. Did the team disclose a potential violation of the Personal Conduct Policy by Rich Dalrymple or anyone else at any time in connection with the voyeurism allegations?

The persistent silence suggests that the answer is no. Still, whatever the answer, the league should be expected to provide one, to someone.

22 responses to “Plain language of Personal Conduct Policy makes Cowboys voyeurism case more confusing

  1. Typical of the random, haphazard, and arbitrary way that the NFL operates. And by NFL I mean Roger Goodell.
    Also, this proves that the better standing you have with the league office, the better chance you have of getting your dirt swept under the rug.
    Jerry Jones runs the NFL as much as Roger does.

  2. Stay on them Florio! Jerry Jones is possibly the most influential owner in the league and will do whatever he can to make this go away. Goodell works for the owners and will do whatever he can to keep them happy. If this can be swept under the rug that’s what Goodell will do. If enough pressure is applied and attention brought to the matter only then will he be forced into action. It’s time to make these billionairs act right and play by the rules. I would like to see Dallas, Washington, as well as any other teams behaving inappropriately, taken to task and forced to operate properly. In my opinion if all were to be revealed regarding Washington, Snyder will be forced to sell.

  3. Nothing new here. The NFL is very inconsistent in how it applies the personal conduct policy. It’s not about to drag up something from 2015 that was settled out of court.

  4. The case was settled. The women took the money. That was their choice. It was the best piece of luck in their entire lives, having some guys peeping in on them. But again, when money is taken, it’s over. That’s what money does. You continually crying about it says more about how odd you are then anyone in Dallas.

  5. I hate to defend the NFL here but WHY would they respond to PFT? It’s been shown no matter what they say the NFL is always in the wrong in all cases here so why give a soundbite?

  6. minime says:
    February 27, 2022 at 3:41 pm
    It’s been settled.
    Let’s move on.
    ___________

    This attitude is exactly why injustice continues to exist. Excusing sexual harassment because “it’s been settled” gives aid and comfort to sexual predators. No empathy for the victims of the voyeurism translates into no empathy for victims of sexual assault at large.

  7. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    February 27, 2022 at 5:09 pm
    The case was settled. The women took the money. That was their choice. It was the best piece of luck in their entire lives, having some guys peeping in on them. But again, when money is taken, it’s over. That’s what money does. You continually crying about it says more about how odd you are then anyone in Dallas.
    ——
    I’m amazed at how many people (Cowboys fans?) are saying that since it was settled it was ok. If there was a violation of the PCP and it was not reported to the league or the league did not investigate it’s a violation of their rules. That’s regardless of how it’s settled.

    There is no way this kind of lewd behavior would be ok’d in a big corp settings. Old farts like Jones are running their ship like it’s their own playground to do whatever they want. I’m also surprised that Jones looked the other way while Dalrymped put a camera under the skirt of his *own* daughter. Wow!!

  8. As far as I’m concerned, if the cheerleaders involved are satisfied with the outcome then the point is moot. If they were not satisfied by either the team’s investigation or the payout, then it was their responsibility to raise attention and awareness to the situation.

  9. The personal conduct policy was created due to continued bad behavior in the news, The league never intended to apply it to executives or ownership. Its written broadly so the NFL can pretty much do as it chooses. Punishment is proportional to media outrage. PFT needs to create a bigger stink.

  10. Some of the comments on here are seriously reprehensible !
    Imagine if that was some perv creeping on your daughter.
    Frankly unbelievable. Get a grip !

  11. I find it a little shocking that anyone is referring to the victims in this matter as lucky, or saying that if the victims are “satisfied”,… This was a horrible thing that was done to them.
    Think of it this way; if someone died because of a company’s negligence, and his family received a big settlement, would you think about how “lucky” they were, or that they were “satisfied” with the settlement? Of course not! They are making the best they can out of a truly horrible situation.

  12. I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but filming people without their consent while they dress/undress or use the bathroom is super creepy (right up there with pedophilia), but I guess it’s all good in Jerry’s World and the NFL.

  13. Perhaps this will get drawn into the congressional investigation. That is the only way that it will be appropraitely dealt with. If the NFL is ever going to claim credibility, they need to deal with this. The problem, unless congress or another outside power source gets involved, is that Jerry Jones is in charge of the investigation with the Cowboys, and Goodell is in charge of the investigation of the NFL’s dealing with it (or not). Foxes in charge of the henhouse, that’s not going to work.

  14. If this was the Patriots, they would be paying a huge fine and losing draft picks. I don’t think that Dallas should be able to put this in the rear view without some sort of sanctions.

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