SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The NFL has set new penalties for players involved in domestic violence and sexual assaults, and some fans aren’t sure it’s fair.
Under new guidelines, violations of personal conduct policy regarding assault, domestic violence, or sexual assault involving physical force, will be subject to suspension without pay for six games. A second offense would trigger an indefinite suspension of at least a year.
Manuel Rivera of Springfield told 22News, “They should just get kicked off first time; off the bat. Doesn’t matter if its their first or second offense.”
“Their personal life and their business life should be two different things,” said Adam Dymnicki, a sports fan. “I don’t agree with it.”
“I do think it’s fair. I think, just because they’re NFL players, it doesn’t exempt them from life, and they should be punished as well as anybody else,” said Carrie Terpening of Monson.
Of the country’s four major professional sports leagues, the NFL now has the strictest mandatory punishment for first-time domestic violence offenders.