Owners Unite: NFL Approves New Personal Conduct Policy

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IRVING, Texas -- It’s easy to say the NFL could stand for “National Felons League” lately.

Three months ago, Commissioner Roger Goodell said “I got it wrong,” with the whole Ray Rice saga.

Wednesday in Irving, Roger wanted to make it right with a new personal conduct policy.

“The policy is comprehensive, it is strong, it is tough,” Goodell said.

All of the NFL head owners were there and the new rules passed unanimously.

The biggest change? Goodell won’t be the only one making the decisions. The NFL will hire a Special Counsel for Investigations and Conduct to decide suspensions.

“This will be a highly qualified individual with a criminal justice background who will be hired as soon as possible,” Goodell said.

But Goodell will still have the final say on appeals. Many have said the commissioner needs to be out of the process.

“ We thought about having an independent arbitrator,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “That's a situation where people trying to do a good job can water down what our best interests are.”

The players association didn’t have a say on the new policy, and they were not too happy about it.

“The NFL’s unilateral decision and conduct today is the only thing that has been consistent over the past few years,” the NFLPA said in a statement.

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