NFL to toughen stance on domestic violence

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – After the incident involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the NFL is planning to toughen standards in cases of domestic violence, according to a source with knowledge of the process.

The source said the league has made it a priority, soliciting advice from experts in the field about a wholesale overhaul of its policy and practices.

“The NFL is consulting with outside groups to revamp its approach on everything from education, training, assistance and enhanced discipline, which likely would be formally included in the personal conduct policy,” the source said.

Changes could be implemented possibly as early as next month.

The NFL does not have a formal policy on domestic violence specifically, although it has human resource programs for rookies that include an awareness component on the issue.

Unlike recreational and performance-enhancing drugs, domestic violence hasn’t been written into the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association.

In February, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested for assaulting his then-fiancee.

Soon after, a surveillance video from an Atlantic City casino was leaked that showed Rice pulling an apparently unconscious Janay Palmer from an elevator. The two have since married.

Rice entered a program for first-time offenders, which will allow him to avoid trial as long as he completes the requirements.

In July, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a two-game suspension to Rice, which drew outrage from many fans.

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