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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & EVP Of NFL Ventures And Business Operations Eric Grubman – Press Conference From Special League Meeting On Los Angeles In Illinois

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & EVP Of NFL Ventures And Business Operations Eric Grubman

Press Conference From Special League Meeting On Los Angeles In Illinois

8-11-15

Goodell: Good afternoon. You know that today’s session was scheduled to focus entirely on L.A. and the current markets, the three markets that we’ve been focused on. We had a full discussion with the membership for several hours. That was the only issue that was discussed. There were no voting matters today, so we did not take any votes or any show of hands, we simply had a discussion. Our objective coming into it was to make sure that every club understood exactly what was going on with the Los Angeles proposals, as we understand them, what was going on in each of those three markets – Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis. And also to give them a little bit of an understanding of how we’re thinking about the process, the timeline from here, including, particularly getting feedback from the clubs with respect to their views of what information they need to make the right kinds of decisions consistent with our relocation policy. Eric Grubman has been our senior executive in charge of it so I’m going to ask Eric to come up – he’ll talk about some of the key issues, and specific issues that we discussed today and then we’ll take questions – or, I’ll take questions.

For the complete transcript, click here

Statement from Commissioner Roger Goodell

Frank Gifford was an icon of the game, both as a Hall of Fame player for the Giants and Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS and ABC. Frank’s talent and charisma on the field and on the air were important elements in the growth and popularity of the modern NFL. He was a great friend to everyone in the league, a special advisor to NFL commissioners, and served NFL fans with enormous distinction for so many decades. We will always remember Frank’s contributions and miss his friendship. Our hearts go out to Kathie Lee and the entire Gifford family.

Tom Brady Appeal Decision

DISCIPLINE UPHELD IN TOM BRADY APPEAL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld today the four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on May 11. Brady’s appeal ‎from that discipline was heard for more than ten hours on June 23.

In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.

On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. ‎During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.

Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support‎, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL’s Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.

For the full decision, click here

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference At League Meeting In San Francisco

5-20-15

We had a terrific couple days of meetings here. We advanced a lot of issues, some of which I think you’ve heard about. I’ll highlight a couple of them that I think were the most significant for us.

One was the PAT rule. This is a rule that we have been focused on for quite some time. It’s a play that we think is not exciting. It’s a play that we think could be improved and we have. The Competition Committee made a recommendation on that to move it back to the 15 to kick the extra point and also to allow the defense to score. We think those changes are terrific. We thought of some other ideas in the context of that, but I think the bottom line is the ownership would like to see us do this in stages so we can see the impact of the changes and evaluate that as we go through the season.

We had an update on the Super Bowl LIII and LIV process. I’m sure you’re aware of where we are on that, but we have Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami and Tampa Bay who are our four finalist cities. There is a provision for Super Bowl LIV: if there is a team in Los Angeles, they can be included in the process. That is again a positive update.

We talked about Los Angeles for an extensive time this morning with our membership and had a report from the committee. We had an international update on the tremendous growth we are seeing in our game on a global basis, not just the United Kingdom. It was a great discussion on Mexico, Germany and also into South America so we’re very positive about that.

We had a lot of updates on health and safety. As you all know, we made some significant changes in March with the medical timeout. We went through that in great detail to make sure that the clubs understood how we are approaching that; how we were using the ATC spotter; as well as the visiting team physician, who is another resource for us to provide better care for our players and staff when they come in from a visiting city. So if players need additional care – whether it is hospitalization, prescription drugs, anything along those lines – we will have a local physician that will expedite that and try to assist us on that basis.

For the complete transcript, click here

 

NFL STATEMENT ON ADRIAN PETERSON

Judge Doty’s order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner’s longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer. Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty’s order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court’s role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court.

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Statement By Commissioner Roger Goodell On The Mueller Report

We are grateful to Director Mueller for conducting an extremely thorough and detailed investigation, and we accept his findings and recommendations. I want to express my appreciation to John Mara and Art Rooney for their leadership. Director Mueller made a series of very constructive observations and recommendations regarding our prior investigatory procedures. We have already addressed many of these points in the revisions to the Personal Conduct Policy that were announced last month. I look forward to reviewing these recommendations with the league’s new Conduct Committee chaired by Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill.

While this investigation has now concluded, our focus on the underlying issues and our commitment to positive change remain as strong as ever. We have all learned a great deal in the past months and expect to be judged by how we lead going forward on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Information on the New Personal Conduct Policy

Below is additional information on the new Personal Conduct Policy:

– Click here for the new Personal Conduct Policy

– Click here for key elements to the new Personal Conduct Policy

– Click here for the Conduct Committee

– Click here for list of organizations and experts the NFL consulted

– Click here for a fact sheet on what the NFL is doing

– Click here for information on the new Personal Conduct Policy

– Click here for Mission and Values

 

NFL Teams Unanimously Endorse Comprehensive New Conduct Policy; Ownership Committee Named, New Disciplinary Officer To Be Hired

NFL teams unanimously endorsed a revised and strengthened Personal Conduct Policy for all NFL employees that was presented today at a league meeting in Dallas.

The policy was developed after an extensive series of meetings and discussions over the past four months with a wide range of experts and others inside and outside of the NFL, including current and former players, the NFL Players Association, domestic violence/sexual assault experts and advocates, law enforcement officials, academic experts, and business leaders (see attached list).

The NFL has had a formal policy and program addressing off-field conduct since 1997 that was enhanced in 2007. The new policy significantly builds on the foundation of the previous programs.

“With considerable assistance from the many people and organizations we consulted, NFL ownership has endorsed an enhanced policy that is significantly more robust, thorough, and formal,” Commissioner ROGER GOODELL said. “We now have a layered evaluation process to take into account a diversity of expert views. This will better enable us to make appropriate decisions and ensure accountability for everyone involved in the process.”

For the complete release, click here

Click here for information on the New Personal Conduct Policy.

Adrian Peterson Suspended Without Pay For At Least the Remainder of 2014 Season

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was notified today that he has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, and will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May. Peterson pled no contest on November 4 in state court in Montgomery County, Texas to reckless assault of the child.

In a letter to Peterson, Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement.  You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy.”

Under Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Peterson may appeal the decision by giving written notice to the commissioner within three business days. If he appeals, a hearing will be scheduled promptly, at which he may be represented by counsel of his choice and by the NFLPA and at which he will have the opportunity to present evidence in support of his appeal. If he appeals, Peterson will remain on the Exempt List and continue to be paid pending a decision.

In modifying the NFL Personal Conduct Policy August 28, Commissioner Goodell established a baseline discipline of a suspension without pay for six games for certain offenses, including a first offense of assault, battery, or domestic violence.  He also identified aggravating circumstances that would warrant higher levels of discipline. In his letter, Commissioner Goodell identified several aggravating circumstances present in this case:

“First, the injury was inflicted on a child who was only four years old.  The difference in size and strength between you and the child is significant, and your actions clearly caused physical injury to the child.  While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse – to flee, to fight back, or to seek help from law enforcement – none of those options is realistically available to a four-year old child.  Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father.

“Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.


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