NBA commissioner Adam Silver is learning a lot just watching how the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell have controversially been dealing with its domestic violence issues. Silver says the NBA will “take a fresh look” at its own disciplinary policies following the storm cloud hovering over the NFL.
"We learn from other league's experiences. We're studying everything that's been happening in the NFL," Silver said during a press conference in New York City on Monday, as reported by ESPN. "We're working with our players' association [and new executive director Michele Roberts]. We've been talking for several weeks, and we're going to take a fresh look at everything we do.
"The whole world's focused right now on what's happening around the NFL, so it would be foolish for us not to try to learn from everything that's happening with that league," Silver added.
Currently, NBA rules call for a minimum 10-game suspension and counseling for a first offense of any violent misconduct or unlawful violence, including domestic violence. The commissioner vowed to take programs directly to the players’ spouses to fully provide healing and therapy services during any domestic violence situations.
"By no means am I naive; we've had our share of issues over the years," Silver continued during the press conference. "What we can do is focus on education. We have in place the appropriate mechanisms for discipline, but we'll take a fresh look at them as well. Most importantly it's education. It's not just the players, but it's the players' families. That's what we're learning.”
In addition to the Ray Rice incident, the NFL has been bit by rashes of other domestic violence reports including players like Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers, Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers and Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals.
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