Sports attorney David Cornwell has challenged the NFL's right to
discipline players by proposing to appoint an independent
arbitrator to have the power to review and change rulings made by
In an interview with The Associated Press, Cornwell described
the league's current disciplinary policy as "draconian" and
requiring independent oversight.
Currently, NFL suspensions are determined by the commissioner.
Cornwell, one of four finalists to replace the late Gene Upshaw as
the NFL Players Association's executive director, is proposing an
appeals process similar to that of Major League Baseball and the
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello countered, noting the commissioner's
disciplinary authority has been a "bedrock principle" of the
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