Owners OK new conduct policy


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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.


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