As a civil fraud lawsuit against Giants quarterback Eli Manning was pending Michael Schofield Jersey , the NFL consistently declined comment on whether the Personal Conduct Policy applied to the allegations or any of the evidence that had come to light. Now that the civil case has been resolved, the NFL has commented on the situation.
“We monitored the situation and are satisfied that it is a civil matter that was resolved,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “Not a [Personal Conduct Policy] issue.”
The Personal Conduct Policy expressly encompasses聽鈥淸c]rimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering Gerald McCoy Jersey , or racketeering.鈥?The NFL, by referring to the situation as a “civil matter” in its comment on the Manning situation, apparently has concluded that, without a prosecution, there can be no crime of fraud — even if actual fraud has occurred.
Of course, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t prosecuted Khairi Fortt Jersey , charged, or even sued in civil court. But he was suspended six games for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.
As explained last month, there’s a fine line (and maybe no line) between civil and criminal fraud. If the NFL wanted to use the allegations of memorabilia fraud, the evidence generated during the trial, the fact that Eli Manning settled the lawsuit in lieu of testifying in open court about the situation (including but not limited to answering aggressive questions about an email message in which he asked for “2 helmets that can pass as game used“) as the basis for an investigation, it easily could have. Arguably Virgil Green Jersey , given the extent to which the Personal Conduct Policy and other league policies premised on the integrity of and public confidence in the professional football are applied to other players, the NFL should have.
Although Eli Manning is by all accounts a great guy who does great things in the community (his work on behalf of children fighting cancer is beyond admirable), any plausible claim that any player has committed fraud in connection with the sale of items used during NFL games should give the NFL concern. If there’s a “good guy” or a “favored team” exception for memorabilia fraud, will similar exceptions be made when questions emerge in future years regarding whether a player is accused of betting on NFL games, shaving points, and/or throwing games?
The Raiders claimed defensive tackle Gabe Wright off of waivers Wednesday and an injury to another member of the team opened the door for his arrival.
Oakland announced that veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin has been placed on injured reserve. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Rubin tore his biceps during one of last week’s joint practices with the Lions.
Rubin signed with the Raiders in June and was set for his 12th NFL season. Rubin split last season between the Falcons and Broncos and also played with the Seahawks and Browns during his first 11 years in the league.
Wright will now compete for a role on the defensive line with the likes of Justin Ellis Marwin Evans Jersey , Mario Edwards, Maurice Hurst, PJ Hall and Eddie Vanderdoes.
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