NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL & EVP JEFF PASH
PRESS CONFERENCE ON PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY
Goodell: We just completed the meeting. I know you’ve had a chance to get a briefing on the personal conduct policy. We did have a pretty full agenda. We spent most of the morning on the personal conduct policy and some of our other initiatives – social responsibility – and then spent the afternoon on a variety of matters.
On the timetable for hiring the disciplinary officer:
As soon as possible. We want to be thorough. We want to make sure we get the right individual. We will embark on that immediately and hopefully be able to do that as soon as possible.
In the new policy you maintain final say over discipline –
On an appeal.
On why he was opposed to a neutral third party arbitrator:
Several factors. One is there is no system that we found that was better than the system that we announced today. We felt that what we have created now is a process where there are multiple inputs. We are going to allow a new individual to make the initial disciplinary decision. If there is an appeal, I can hear it, I could assign a designated hearing officer or I could appoint a panel. What we were looking to do was bring more voices to the table, more perspective so that it was a fair, transparent, open process, and that we would have consistency. Mr. Kraft mentioned it well this morning. We want to make sure that we do what’s in the best interest of the NFL long-term and we are able to have a system that reflects the values, the standards of what we’re all about and that’s why we’ve put a lot of focus over the last four months asking ‘what’s best for the NFL?’ We’re creating those standards, making sure that we have resources, programs in place, to make sure we can do what’s necessary to help people make better decisions. When they do violate the policy then we’re going to take action and we’re going to keep in mind the victims and the survivors as part of that. A big part of our program is making sure we have services and resources available to them.