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Roger and Me: An Open Letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

By Chris Cotter

In early March, a 20-year-old Georgia college student accused Pittsburgh Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her at a bar in Milledgeville, GA. After a month-long investigation, Georgia district attorney Fred Bright announced on April 12 that he would not charge Roethlisberger with rape. But while Roethlisberger has managed to avoid criminal charges, he will likely face discipline from either his team or from the NFL.

Under the NFL’s latest iteration of its personal conduct policy implemented in 2007, the league can discipline a player for any “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.” According to the policy, this includes “illegal or irresponsible conduct,” and discipline may be imposed for “conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.” But the League has no set benchmarks by which it measures the length of any suspension it might impose against the conduct from which it resulted.

So, if I’m advising NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, there are a few things I’m telling him to consider, and thus begins, my open letter…

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