The National Football League has had trouble keeping the sport’s focus on the field.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at a press conference in New York City, after the NFL announced plans to require all team personnel and staff to go through training on preventing domestic violence and sexual assault, according to ESPN.
“We strongly condemn and will punish behavior that is unacceptable,” Goodell said at the conference.
New behavioral standards will cover a broad range of acts: sexual assault, child abuse, and the illegal use of firearms and alcohol. Goodell said he hopes new policies will be implemented by the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015.
Goodell apologized for his initial response to the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. He promised to gather experts to help get the NFL’s “house in order” but rebuffed calls to resign as commissioner.
“We’ve seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong. That starts with me,” Goodell said. “I got it wrong on a number of levels.”
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