The National Football League’s Players Association wants changes in the way punishment is handed out when it comes to the league’s personal conduct policy, reports Will Brinson of CBSSports.com.
According to a memo obtained by the website, the NFLPA sent a proposal to the league requesting to help craft a policy in which a player's punishment is more transparent and consistent.
The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell said they are revising the personal conduct policy in the wake of the league’s recent bad publicity over the cases involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
When it comes to violent crimes, the NFLPA would call for no discipline in cases where a player has been arrested and has not been charged. No punishment would be handed out until the legal process for a player is complete.
The NFL and NFLPA could reach agreement for a player to take a paid voluntary leave of absence, similar to a player being placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, Brinson reports.
The union also wants an attorney present when investigating anything related to player crimes and wants a review of any independent investigation results before reports are released to the public.
Another proposal is that a neutral arbitrator hear appeals of player discipline.
- Scooby Axson