According to the report yesterday about the shooting at the home of NFL agent Damarius Bilbo in June 2020, when it comes to the potential involvement of Dolphin guard Xavien Howard, there must be some smoke. If the NFL has joined the authorities to seek firepower, then the NFL is not saying that.
Alliance spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in an email about the situation sent to PFT on Sunday morning: “We will refuse to comment.”
According to the “Personal Behavior Policy”, the league has extensive powers to investigate and punish players who have committed one or more off-field bad behaviors. Obviously, potential participation in shooting is prohibited by this policy.
As Miami Herald According to reports on Saturday night, Howard refused to accept an interview with Georgia State Police investigating the matter. Unless he goes to Georgia (the Dolphins receive the Falcons this year), it will be difficult for the authorities there to conduct interviews. Even if they manage to send Howard into the conference room, he can always invoke the Fifth Amendment rights to oppose self-accusation.
In contrast, the NFL has the right to force Howard to appear in court and speak, and discipline is a means of forcing compliance. Consider this part of the “Personal Conduct Policy”: “Because the protection from self-prosecution under the Fifth Amendment does not apply to workplace investigations, the league reserves the right to force them to cooperate in investigations even if they are targeted Rights. Awaiting law enforcement investigations or litigation. In this case, the player’s refusal to talk to the league investigator will not hinder the investigation or impose discipline.”
Although the league did not comment on this, this seems to be effortless. The coalition should send investigators to Florida or ask Howard to go to New York for an interview. The alliance should also require Howard to instruct its lawyers to produce any reports or other records concerning the investigation received from the Georgia Police, so that the alliance has a more comprehensive understanding before talking to Howard.
There is another interesting angle about notifying the Union Office. When (if ever) Howard reported the investigation to Dolphins? When does Dolphin share this information with the Alliance? Once again, according to the policy: “Clubs and participants are obliged to immediately report anything that attracts their attention (for example, through victim or witness reports, law enforcement, civil litigation, or media reports) policy. It is hoped that the club will carry out such reporting obligations to employees Education… Failure to report incidents will be the basis for disciplinary action. The obligation to report is not limited to simply reporting arrests. It requires reporting to the league any incident that has attracted the attention of clubs or players. If the allegations are true, it will constitute a violation of this policy. behavior.”
Regardless of where it came from, the incident report was enhanced by a report in the Herald on Saturday night, which clearly shows that the Georgia authorities believe that there is reason to talk to Howard about the unresolved shooting at the NFL agent’s home. . The NFL has no reason to do the opposite. The NFL makes full use of Howard’s employment leverage for every reason he speaks.