NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently informed team owners that there will be an increase in league penalties for proven instances of domestic violence or sexual assault. This is in light of yet another player being added to the list of domestic violence cases that have rocked the NFL. The debate is how these players should be handled, and if these cases need to be addressed under the disciplinary system.
Quincy Enunwa, 22, wide receiver and practice squad player with the New York Jets, was recently arrested in Florham Park, N.J., while staying at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel. He was taken to police headquarters where he was charged for simple assault following an alleged domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend. He was released on his own recognizance pending further court action.
“…take very seriously…”
“This is something we take very seriously, obviously, and we’re aware of it. And again, I’m not going to comment further on details or anything else because it is a pending legal matter,” said Jets Coach Rex Ryan at a post-practice press conference. Ryan was asked if he felt the same way that San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh does. Recently Harbaugh said he would not have a player who had been convicted of domestic violence on his team. Ryan responded, “There’s different things, but obviously there’s a big difference from being charged, allegedly charged, whatever and convicted. So again, I’m not going to get into what ifs or anything like that.”
Personal Conduct Policy
Recently Goodell sent team owners a letter declaring that under the NFL’s personal conduct policy a first time domestic violence or sexual assault offense would merit a six-game suspension. A second offense would merit an indefinite suspension of at least a year.
“These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal,” Goodell wrote. “They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances. That has been and remains our policy.”
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Source: USA Today, NFL has another case of alleged domestic violence, September 4, 2014
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