NFLPA vows to fight league's new personal conduct policy
By Steve Keating
PHOENIX (Reuters) - The National Football League Players Association will do all it can to prevent the NFL's newly-imposed personal conduct policy from being implemented, the union's leaders said on Thursday.
NFLPA President Eric Winston and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith were in defiant form ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, both saying they will resist any proposed changes to the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed in 2011.
The players union filed a grievance last week against the NFL over the new personal conduct policy that was unanimously approved by team owners last month after a string of domestic violence cases.
"The new personal conduct policy, I guess if you want to call it that, instituted by the league, in our eyes, my eyes and every players' eyes violates the CBA in several ways and we are going to be grieving this as far as we can," said Winston.
"Very simply put we have an agreement with the league, they have an agreement with us and we are going to hold them to that agreement."
High-profile cases of domestic abuse by players Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and others triggered an avalanche of criticism against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and spurred an overhaul of the league's personal conduct policy.
Because the policy was not deliberated under the terms of the labor agreement, the NFLPA requested the grievance be heard immediately.
The tougher policy includes a provision to place an individual on paid leave if charged with a violent crime or sexual assault. Continued...