Jones is the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He is to serve as the NFL’s special counsel for conduct.
Under the new personal conduct policy ratified by the owners in December, initial disciplinary rulings in cases of off-field misconduct by players and other employees are to be made by the NFL’s conduct officer. Any appeals in such cases still are to be heard and resolved by Goodell or a person appointed by him. Previously, Goodell was in charge of both making initial disciplinary rulings and resolving appeals.
Friel already has been working for the NFL as a senior adviser. She is the former chief of the sex crimes prosecution unit in the New York County district attorney’s office.
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the owners’ implementation of the new personal conduct policy. The union maintained that the policy should have been collectively bargained and that the league failed to engage in that. Union officials have said they would be willing to have Goodell make initial disciplinary rulings in cases of misconduct as long as appeals would be resolved by an independent arbitrator.
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