NFL owners are using “zero tolerance” to ensure that players are suspended for conduct that is not only not child abuse but is also not in line with league rules.
That includes the use of “zero-tolerance” for players who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the NFLPA and its members.
The NFLPA has been pushing the league to take stronger action on its own players who violate rules.
The union has been working with other unions to push for tougher penalties, including one for players convicted of rape.
The league has not released its plans for implementing the zero-tolerant policy.
Here are the key points from the union’s letter to the league: 1.
NFLPA: The league is not in compliance with its own zero-Tolerance policy.
In a statement to ESPN’s Peter Schrager, the union said: “In its current state, zero- Tolerance policy does not reflect the fundamental values of the NFL and our players.
It also does not comply with our core values of social responsibility, fairness and accountability.
The zero- tolerance policy does nothing to prevent and deter any conduct of which a person is not criminally responsible, or the conduct that would be a violation of the zero tolerance policy.”
The policy, as outlined in the union letter, would include the use “of any means” to suspend a player, including fines and suspensions for “any violation of team rules, rules of the game or the spirit of the code of conduct.”
The letter also calls for the NFL to “conduct a full investigation of all alleged violations of team conduct or rules, including those involving players, coaches, trainers, players, parents, employees, officials and agents.”
The letter goes on to say that if the NFL can prove there are “serious issues” with a player that need to be addressed, the commissioner can request the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement be renegotiated.
The proposal would allow for a one-year moratorium on any new suspensions, including for non-negotiable non-sexual misconduct, and the union would be entitled to a “one-year extension of any suspension” to take effect if the suspension expires.
In an interview with ABC News, NFL vice president of public policy Todd Martinson said the union is working on a policy for the first time.
“It’s a policy we have been developing for years,” he said.
“And I think it’s going to be one of the things that we’ll be looking at as we go forward.
We’ve been working on it for a while.
We’re still in the planning phase, and we’re hoping that the commissioner will take a look at it.”
The NFL Players Association is also working on “zero Tolerance,” which is a broader policy that covers sexual misconduct in the workplace and includes players who are suspended and/or demoted.
The players union has not yet said whether it will adopt the union-backed policy.
The full letter is below.