NFL Toughens Policy Addressing Assault And Domestic Violence

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(CNN)- NFL teams have unanimously endorsed a new personal conduct policy for all NFL employees after discussions that included experts on domestic violence and sexual assault, the league announced Wednesday.

The new measures include a more extensive list of prohibited conduct; independent investigative procedures; and a “baseline suspension of six games without pay for violations involving assault, battery, domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, other forms of family violence, or sexual assault, with consideration given to possible mitigating or aggravating circumstances,” the NFL said in a statement.

Commissioner Roger Goodell called the enhanced policy “significantly more robust, thorough, and formal.”

George Atallah, a spokesman for the NFL Players Association, said the union has not seen the new policy.

“There will be a lot of analysis about the differences in our formal proposal and what the NFL will present today on personal conduct policy,” he tweeted before the league’s announcement.

“Sadly, those discussions will be through the media, not through formal negotiations, which the NFL has said they’re not interested in.”

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