Prospects convicted of domestic violence banned from NFL combine
The NFL has banned prospects who have been convicted of domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses from participating in any league events, reports USA Today.
League events include the annual scouting combine and attending the NFL draft, though players will still be permitted to participate in private workouts and regional scouting events.
Teams were informed of the new policy last month.
“It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters,” Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, wrote in the memo announcing the policy.
The change is expected to affect just a few of the more than 300 players who will participate in the combine in February.
Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in 2015, would have still been allowed to take part because he was never convicted of the sexual assault allegations brought against him. Frank Clark, the Seahawks’ second-round pick last year, would have been banned due to a domestic violence conviction.