Report: ATF boss Todd Jones joining NFL as Special Counsel for Conduct
B. Todd Jones, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will be the NFL’s Special Counsel for Conduct, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told owners, reports ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.
The ATF announced last week that Jones will resign from his position, effective March 31, after more than two years on the job.
According to the report, the 57-year-old Jones will be in charge of applying and administering the league’s Personal Conduct Policy that applies to all NFL employees.
MMQB’s Peter King reported Monday that Goodell was splitting the job of the NFL’s discipline czar into two positions.
Schefter says that Lisa Friel, a former New York District Attorney's office sex crimes prosecutor, will likely be in charge of the investigative side of the job.
Friel has been advising with the NFL since September to help "lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."
The league’s owners unanimously approved the revised personal conduct policy on Dec. 10, but the NFL Players Association filed a non-injury expedited grievance, saying the policy violates the collective bargaining agreement and sought a cease and desist order to prevent the policy from going into effect.
The league and Goodell were forced to revised the personal conduct policy in the wake of negative publicity over cases last season involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy.
- Scooby Axson