NFL Discipline Process Shouldn't Apply To Off-Field Conduct

Law360 (September 13, 2019, 12:14 AM EDT) -- A new NFL season, a new scandal: This time, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is being sued for rape in a civil case in federal court in Florida. Despite that proceeding in a well-established court of law, the NFL has opened its own investigation into Brown’s behavior, all of which allegedly occurred off the field. 

If previous NFL disciplinary proceedings are any guide, this one will have no shortage of critics. There are at least five reasons why the NFL should get out of the business of discipline for off-field behavior and leave it to a court system that,...

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