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NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:32 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 10:35 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today we told you about the letter commissioner Roger Goodell sent to the players, asking them to convince their “union” to return to the negotiating table while laying out the owners’ final proposal before the NFLPA decertified.

I imagine the purpose of the letter was an attempt to create some dissension within the player ranks – a move that probably won’t work.

Besides, the story tonight from’s Alex Marvez probably will do a really good job of uniting the players.

According to Marvez, the NFL will enforce its personal conduct policy even during the lockout. Which seems a little bit unfair, yeah? Considering, you know, the owners have barred the players from working out and rehabbing at their facilities.
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"While players won't be able to get the benefit of our evaluation and counseling program during the work stoppage, the personal conduct of players and employees is an integrity-of-the-game issue," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an e-mail to Marvez. "Any misconduct that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL will certainly be addressed when play resumes."

Already, this offseason, Vikings CB Chris Cook was charged with brandishing a firearm during an alleged argument with a neighbor, and on this very day, former Raiders OT Mario Henderson was arrested on a gun charge.

And the NFLPA’s response: "The best amendment the NFL and the owners can make to any policy at this point is to end the lockout,” said spokesman George Atallah.

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Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:36 am

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

This is so stupid.  How can the NFL control the players conduct while they have a work stoppage?  They have no control over the players because they aren't their employees as of right now.  No player is going to listen to Goodell on this one.  This is just a statement to get a rise out of the players in order to get them to meet and discuss a new collective bargaining agreement proposal.  The players are banned from their facilities and can't workout or rehab there and can't have contact with team employees and yet they have to abide by the league's conduct policy?  If Goodell wants to talk, he should he talking about getting the CBA done as soon as possible instead for make statements about things he can't control.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:18 am

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

Sure the NFL can do this.  If I run a construction business, I might have to lay a guy off, with the intent of bringing him back later.  If, in the interim, the guy finds himself on the wrong side of the law, I may not bring him back.  Or if I do, it's up to me to decide whether life would go on as if nothing ever happened, or not.  The provision to lock out the players is something the owners have the RIGHT to do at this point.  And the players have the "manifest destiny", if you want to call it that, to go out and rack up a bunch of weapons charges, if they so choose.   But they do so knowing that it could cost them in the future.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:13 am

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

The players should not agree to anything until they get in writing that no players will be suspended or fined for anything occuring between the end of the CBA and the beginning of any new labor agreement.  End of discussion.  They are even "employees" of "the shield" at this point and someone is going to threat them with more fines and suspensions outside the law.  Maybe AP has something.

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:03 am

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

thats ridiculous if they are locked out the players can do what they want...but whats to stop the owners from saying screw this and shutting the leauge down entirely they are the ones putting up the $$$$$ both sides are being stupid neither side can exist without the other its ridiculous its come to this but at this point im done with both sides...if i was an owner at this point id just say screw this and either sell the team or try and shut it down altogether...i mean if the owners are losing so much money why not shut it down right? its what other buisnesses do right? see how the nfl qb deals with flipping hamburgers i mean they are "slaves" right?

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:38 am

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

NFl does not own people.  Lock out means you have no rights to watch over non players of a non existing league.   maybe we should form a new league and get new owners and commisioner.  who the hell they thin k they are?  Maybe the players should have a player commisioner to watch over owners and the goodell bitch.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:08 am

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

I have a hard time seeing why the nfl can enforce the conduct policy while they are locking the players out.  I could understand if the players were striking that they might be able to get away with somthing like that but with them locking the players out I  have no idea were the league thinks that it has the athority to tell the players what to do.  If it believes that it has this power why does the league not believe that it has the ability to have the players report to training camp or do preseason games without paying the players.  As long as the players are locked out I see no reason for the nfl to act as if they can controll the players any longer.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:35 pm

NFL still plans to enforce conduct policy

the nfl has no control over the players during the lockout.  They can do what they want, when they want, including any drug known to man.  They'll be partying like rock stars and juicing up on steroids until the owners get them back with a lot more money.

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