Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Goodell: NFL will not punish Riley Cooper further than the Eagles already have

Today on ESPN Radio, Roger Goodell said that the NFL would not fine Riley Cooper any further.

Goodell: NFL will not punish Riley Cooper further than the Eagles already have

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (Matt York/AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (Matt York/AP)

Riley Cooper was fined by the Eagles for conduct detrimental to the team. Cooper categorized the fine as "substantial."

According to Article 42, Section 1A-15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (h/t to Albert Breer of NFL Network here in the Eagles' media room), Cooper cannot be fined more than one game check:

Conduct detrimental to Club—maximum fine of an amount equal to one week’s salary and/or suspension without pay for a period not to exceed four (4) weeks. This maximum applies without limitation to any deactivation of a player in response to player conduct (other than a deactivation in response to a player’s on-field playing ability), and any such deactivation, even with pay, shall be considered discipline subject to the limits set forth in this section. The Non-Injury Grievance Arbitrator’s decision in Terrell Owens (Nov. 23, 2005) is thus expressly overruled as to any Club decision to deactivate a player in response to the player’s conduct.

Cooper is making $630,000 this season, so his fine will not exceed roughly $37,000, based on the above verbiage.

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Today on ESPN Radio, Roger Goodell said that the NFL would not fine Cooper any further.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday on ESPN Radio that the NFL will not punish Riley Cooper for his use of a racial slur, as he has already been fined by the Philadelphia Eagles and the collective bargaining agreement does not allow for discipline by both the league and team for the same incident.

"Obviously we stand for diversity and inclusion. Comments like that, they are obviously wrong, they are offensive and they are unacceptable. There is no one that feels stronger about that than the NFL, our teams and our players," he said on the "Mike and Mike" program.

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