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Dec 15, 2014

NFL players union files lawsuit challenging Peterson suspension

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the National Football League on Monday challenging an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Filed at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the lawsuit claims arbitrator Harold Henderson, a former NFL executive hand-picked by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case, was not impartial.

Dec 12, 2014

NFL says Peterson’s appeal of suspension denied

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his suspension from the NFL for beating his son has been denied by the arbitrator named by Commissioner Roger Goodell to handle the matter, the league said on Friday.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson said in his ruling that Peterson, the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player, “has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.”

Dec 12, 2014

Obama says NFL was ‘winging it’ in Rice domestic violence case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the NFL appeared to be “winging it” in dealing with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence case but praised the league for later putting in place a new policy to handle such incidents.

The National Football League on Wednesday unveiled a tougher policy for disciplining players for off-field misconduct including violence against women in the wake of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Rice and 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson.

Dec 11, 2014

Women’s groups blast NFL’s new personal conduct policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Women’s advocacy groups on Thursday excoriated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s changes to the league’s personal conduct policy, saying it does not do enough to help victims and hold players who commit domestic violence accountable.

National Football League owners voted on Wednesday to accept Goodell’s revised program, hoping to stem criticism that has tarnished the league’s image.

Dec 10, 2014

NFL backs new personal conduct policy after domestic violence cases

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – National Football League owners on Wednesday unanimously endorsed what they called a “revised and strengthened” Personal Conduct Policy in the wake of several domestic violence incidents involving players.

“With considerable assistance from the many people and organizations we consulted, NFL ownership has endorsed an enhanced policy that is significantly more robust, thorough, and formal,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Dec 9, 2014

No fines for LeBron James or others over protest, NBA sources say

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – No fines or reprimands will be handed down to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and others who wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warm-ups for a Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game on Monday night, National Basketball Association sources said on Tuesday.

James, the NBA’s biggest star, wore the same type of shirt Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore last Saturday in Chicago.

Dec 2, 2014

NFL admits it ‘failed’ in handling of Ray Rice case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) “failed” in its efforts to police domestic abuse by its players but has “learned from those mistakes,” a top NFL executive testified to Congress on Tuesday.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, conceded that the case involving Ray Rice was handled poorly.

Dec 1, 2014

No fine for Rams players involved in Ferguson protest: NFL

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The National Football League said on Monday it would not discipline the St. Louis Rams players who staged a show of solidarity with people angry about the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Five of the Rams emerged from the tunnel prior to their game Sunday with their hands raised, the same way some witnesses say 18-year-old Michael Brown was positioned before being fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson in August.

Nov 25, 2014

Pro Bowl player for NFL’s Chiefs could have lymphoma, says team

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Kansas City Chiefs three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry has a mass on the right side of his chest that team officials said Monday could be lymphoma.

Berry, a 25-year-old five-year NFL veteran, will undergo further testing on Tuesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Chiefs said.

Nov 22, 2014

Mother’s death leads NFL player to fight domestic abuse

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay remembers arriving at the hospital as a confused 7-year-old trying to understand why members of his family were sobbing uncontrollably.

He soon learned that his mother had been shot in the back three times. The assailant, Gay’s stepfather, shot himself in the head, the .38 caliber revolver landing between the bodies.