The NFL determined this week that Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers did not violate the personal conduct policy when he shoved an ESPN reporter in Green Bay on Oct. 9, according to an ESPN report.
Ignoring the conflict of interest that exists with the outlet reporting this news also representing the victim in this case – which is difficult to ignore, given that ESPN is also an NFL rights holder – the NFL’s decision is inexplicable and reflects more lack of accountability in the sport.
The league has botched domestic violence cases time and again, and now it is allowing players to shove reporters in the locker room with apparently no repercussions.
Get this: The NFL’s personal conduct policy reads, “Even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, players found to have engaged in any of the following conduct will be subject to discipline. Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to the following:”
Third on the ensuing list reads: “Violent or threatening behavior toward another employee or a third party in any workplace setting.”
Flowers challenged and shoved a reporter in an incident reported by an NJ.com reporter standing right there in the locker room. He performed the definition of a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy and received no “discipline.”
Ereck Flowers appears to be getting away with a blatant violation of NFL’s conduct policy.
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The NFL’s decision sends a bad message. The Giants – – in the mode of media-detesting general manager, Jerry Reese – refused to comment on whether Flowers received any discipline from the team. There is, therefore, a chance that Flowers wasn’t even fined by either the Giants or the NFL for his actions.
Flowers, 22, the Giants’ starting left tackle, is a young man and understandably was in bad spirits after playing poorly in that night’s loss at Lambeau Stadium. He has been cordial since, like in the Giants’ London postgame locker room, when he spoke with the Daily News about teaming with Justin Pugh to lead Rashad Jennings into the end zone for a touchdown – a silver lining for a struggling run game.
But the NFL doesn’t have to suspend Flowers for the season or anything. The league simply has to take some sort of action that demonstrates this isn’t OK. Or that doesn’t make what the NFL puts on paper sound like hot air.
Oops. Too late.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News