In the wake of several domestic violence incidents involving players, National Football League owners have unanimously endorsed a new players conduct policy.
Among key changes:
• The new policy embraces the use of independent investigations. To that end, the NFL will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct that will oversee initial discipline.
• The policy will implement an element of leave with pay during investigations of people charged with violent crimes.
• The commissioner will maintain a role in the appeals process, but also may appoint a panel of independent experts to participate in deciding an appeal.