Bountygate Lesson: Even NFL Commissioner Power Should Not Be Above the Law

The NFL’s governing documents and the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement give broad power to the Commissioner to impose discipline against players and coaches. No reasonable person objects to the general principle that the League should protect its integrity and brand against outliers and felonious or unconscionable activity.  But one reason we have become the most respected legal system in the world is because we have a fair process for determining who should be punished. Before most industrialized countries, we evolved a system of due process, fair hearings, evidentiary standards designed to reveal the truth and filter out biased, untruthful or otherwise unreliable testimony.

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