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Goodell clarifies personal conduct policy during lockout

NFL Holds Annual Meetings Amid Lockout

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 21: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during the NFL Annual Meetings at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite a NFL owners imposed lockout in effect since March 12 the league is conducting it’s annual owners meeting in New Orleans(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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The NFL can’t suspend players during a lockout, but they will be keeping an eye on them.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to clarify the league’s stance on the personal conduct policy during his press conference Tuesday.

“The Personal Conduct Policy continues. It applies to everybody in the league. I don’t know how it would apply to the players under this circumstance, but it’s something that I feel strongly about, that we owe to our fans,” Goodell said.

So the league won’t be be able to enforce the policy during a lockout, but they will be keeping track of infractions with an eye towards enforcement after the work stoppage is over.

This is consistent with what the league told Alex Marvez of on the matter. Still, Goodell’s answer left room for interpretation. The league plans for the conduct policy to apply, but they also planed to have a labor agreement in place by now.

The league and the NFLPA* may have to negotiate the particulars of how the conduct policy will be enforced for infractions that occur during a work stoppage as part of a new CBA.