The NFL has taken a lot of heat for the number of intense domestic violence cases surrounding its players in recent years — see Ray Rice and Greg Hardy. Therefore, it’s good to see the league be somewhat proactive about allowing future players from tarnishing its product any further.
NFL VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent out a memo to all 32 teams in January stating that all draft hopefuls would have to submit to a background check to participate in any NFL events leading up to the draft, including the scouting combine and the draft ceremony itself.
If a player refuses to undergo and background check, they will also be automatically disqualified from participation.
Furthermore, if a check turns up a felony or misdemeanor conviction, they will not be eligible for any NFL events.
This means that former TCU star quarterback Trevone Boykin might not make it to even the scouting combine come Feb. 23. Back in December, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year has arrested and charged with the assault of a public servant after getting into a fight with staff at a San Antonio, causing him to miss TCU’s bowl game.
The charge, a third-degree felony, is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a max fine of $10,000.
Boykin is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 17, six days before the combine.
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