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04-15-2010, 02:04 PM
Goodell issues memo highlighting NFL's personal-conduct policy
http://static.nfl.com/static/content//catch_all/nfl_image/jason_lacanfora_HS_09_02_40x55..jpg By Jason La Canfora | NFL.com

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memorandum to all clubs, coaches, team presidents and general managers last Wednesday, stressing to all parties the measures that players and team employees must uphold and restating how the league's personal-conduct policy can be applied.

There was deep discussion of the conduct policy and how it applies to subsequent discipline during the league meetings last month in Orlando, Fla. This memo follows up on that, with the timing linked to recent events facing the league, the most prominent being the sexual-assault allegations brought against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia.

Charges weren't filed in that case, but the issuing of the memo is a further indication of how seriously Goodell takes such matters. It also reinforces the overwhelming sentiment throughout the league that Roethlisberger will be suspended for at least a few games for his actions.

Goodell's memo, a copy of which was obtained Thursday, reads:

"The Policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior. We must conduct ourselves in a way that 'is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful.' This standard reflects the recognition that the conduct and behavior of our players and other league and team employees is critically important. Whether it involves your team or another, these incidents affect us all -- every investigation, arrest, or other allegation of improper conduct undermines the respect for our league by our fans, lessens the confidence of our business partners and threatens the continued success of our brand.

"As your club begins its offseason programs and approaches the Draft, I encourage you to be vigilant in reinforcing this message with your players and staff. It makes no difference whether an incident occurs during the season or in the off-season. At every opportunity, you should remind them of your standards and the public’s expectations, of the need to use good judgment, particularly when in a public place, and of the resources available to help us all in meeting these standards."

The memo also points out the various resources available to players, like urging those who intend to drink to make arrangements for their safety and use the league's Safe Ride program. The memo also urges all to avoid "trouble spots" and places where safety cannot be ensured.

04-15-2010, 02:46 PM
So someone accuses you of somehthing, can't prove it, investigated, still can't prove it, no charges, yet NFL still suspends you for it... Hummmm,,,, any steeler fans want to accuse the ravens of anything?

04-15-2010, 03:43 PM
This is getting a little out of control. A fine, yes, counseling, maybe, but a suspension for not being convicted, I'm not being a homer, but this is a little unfair.

The Patriot
04-15-2010, 03:50 PM
Someone should accuse Goodell of rape.:chuckle:

04-15-2010, 04:14 PM
The standard is much different to be accused of a criminal charge than that of civil liability. Civil is merely preponderance of the evidence. It is perfectly acceptable for a company to suspend its employees for conduct that does not result in criminal charges. Please don't forget the NFL is a business.

04-15-2010, 04:17 PM
They can't suspend Ben for doing nothig. He was not charged or found guily of anything.

silver & black
04-15-2010, 04:58 PM
They can't suspend Ben for doing nothig. He was not charged or found guily of anything.

Wanna bet?

04-15-2010, 05:02 PM
Get ready... here it comes...

04-15-2010, 05:51 PM
Someone should accuse Goodell of rape.:chuckle:

I'm waiting for the report that he cheated on his wife and has a love child named after Robert Kraft.

04-15-2010, 05:53 PM
Tom Brady is gay. :wink02:

04-15-2010, 05:57 PM
I still think that the suspension should come from the Pittsburgh Steelers and not the NFL.

The NFL should let the teams dole out the punishment if that punishment is close to what Goodell would have done. It helps the image of the NFL and the teams.

The Ben Roethlisberger situation was a distraction to the team, no matter how much players and coaches denied it. They turned on there televisions or radios, someone mentioned it. Reporters were asking players and coaches about Ben, not football. The Steelers can and should suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team.

The difference between the Big Ben situation and the situations with Henry, Pacman, the other Jones guy, and Tank Johnson is that Ben Roethlisberger was never charged with a crime, never arrested, never stood before a judge for any type of punishment in a court of law.

He is a person who cannot think with his brain, likes to go out and drink, and has low morals. None of those things are illegal. If Ben gets suspended for this by Roger Goodell, then any player who us actually arrested and/or charged with anything should automatically receive double the suspension Roethlisberger gets.

04-15-2010, 06:25 PM
Wanna bet?

What about all the players who have have done much much worse thing that Ben is accoused of doing that were never suspended? Huh?

04-15-2010, 09:02 PM
Someone should accuse Goodell of rape.:chuckle:

But then Goodell would have to suspend himself...wait, we need accusations every few months!!

silver & black
04-16-2010, 08:17 PM
What about all the players who have have done much much worse thing that Ben is accoused of doing that were never suspended? Huh?

I agree, but... so what? If Goodell wants to suspend him, he will... and he can.

tony hipchest
04-16-2010, 08:21 PM
Someone should accuse Goodell of rape.:chuckle:close...


04-17-2010, 12:09 AM


:rofl: Nice 1, Tony. LMAO. :thumbsup: