New York Jets owner Woody Johnson remained noncommittal Thursday about whether he would keep a player who was convicted of domestic violence.
The NFL is currently investigating Jets practice squad wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who was arrested on domestic violence charges. Enunwa has not been convicted and pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday.
Johnson said the team will let the process play out a little longer, then "act accordingly," according to NJ.com. When asked if he would keep Enunwa if he is convicted, Johnson said he wouldn't comment on it, as it is an ongoing investigation.
When the owner was asked a general question of whether he would keep a player convicted of domestic violence, he said, "That depends. That’s something we’re looking at."
Johnson also was noncommittal on whether he has a broad philosophy regarding players found guilty of domestic violence.
"There’s no way to comment on something like that, because there’s all kind of stakeholders and there’s all kinds of levels," he said. "The NFL isn’t the overall on this. This is a societal question. The NFL is a player, but they’re not the most dominant player. We’re trying to do our job and it’s something we have to deal with, and we will deal with it, and we’ll hopefully deal with it as intelligently and as sensitively as we possibly can."
Following recent high-profile domestic violence cases in the NFL involving players like Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, the league instituted a new domestic violence policy. A first-time offense carries a six-game suspension, while a second offense results in a lifetime ban.
- Molly Geary