Posted November 18, 2018 11:32:27NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFLPA President DeMornay Smith joined reporters on Tuesday to address sexual harassment issues in the NFL locker room and the league’s ongoing investigations into the matter.
Smith said the league “cannot and will not tolerate” any type of behavior that violates the league and its players.
“We believe it’s a collective responsibility of all of us to create a culture that values respect, honesty, accountability, and respect for others,” Smith said.
“I think we all agree that the locker room is where we can work to make it better,” Smith continued.
“I think the locker rooms are the place where we’re going to be accountable, that’s why we’re all here today.
We are going to work on improving the locker-room environment.”
Smith said that the NFLPA will be working on developing and implementing new policies for locker rooms in the coming weeks.
The union’s position, he said, will be to promote positive and respectful locker room practices.
The NFL has a history of addressing sexual misconduct and harassment within its locker room, but it has not done so in a comprehensive way.
In 2016, the league suspended players and coach during the anthem, after it was revealed that players and coaches were discussing locker room issues.
Smith called for the league to be proactive in addressing the issue.
“The issue of sexual harassment, we all have to be on the same page,” Smith told reporters.
“We all have a responsibility, but we also all have responsibilities to work to improve.
That is our responsibility, to work towards the same goal of protecting women and girls.”