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The National Football League's owners on Wednesday unanimously approved a revised personal conduct policy that clarifies the process for punishing players.
The policy removes the commissioner from the initial stages of the league's disciplinary process, though it still grants him absolute authority over the appeals process. And in the future, players charged with violent crimes can be placed on paid leave under the Commissioner-Exempt list.
The changes came after the league was widely criticized for its capricious handling of domestic violence cases earlier this season. The NFL Players' Union said it had not seen the new policy before the owners voted on it.