NFL, NFLPA to negotiate ‘compensation’ for players who are arrested
Compensatory measures for players convicted of criminal offenses will be introduced to the collective bargaining agreement next month, the NFL Players Association and the NFLPA said in a joint statement on Monday.
The move comes amid growing calls for NFL owners to take action to deter players from engaging in acts of violence, including a recent study by the Violence Policy Center that found players who have been suspended for violent conduct are twice as likely to commit new violent acts as players who don’t have such suspensions.
The NFLPA and NFL Players Alliance (NFLPA-NFLPA) are in negotiations to create a framework for compensatory measures, including mandatory minimums for violence and the possibility of stiffer penalties for players caught on video engaging in the most serious acts of violent conduct.
Players would be eligible for up to $250,000 in compensatory damages in the event that their team was involved in the death of a fellow player.
This amount would not be used to settle an appeal of a negative discipline decision, but would be used as a guideline to determine whether a player should be penalized for any additional misconduct, including but not limited to:The NFL will conduct an annual review of its policies and procedures, and if necessary, take additional action, the statement said.