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Spokesman: NFL is 'Gathering Facts' on Chiefs LJ Situation

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<em>Photo via the Kansas City Star</em>
Photo via the Kansas City Star

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk exchanged emails with Greg Aiello, NFL spokesman, and came away with at least an acknowledgment from the league that they're aware of what's happening with Larry Johnson.

"We are in the process of gathering facts," Aiello told PFT.

As PFT writes, LJ can be subject to the league's personal conduct policy. 

"Though most regard the Personal Conduct Policy as a tool for punishing players who have actually or allegedly broken the law," Florio writes, "the policy arguably is broad enough to encompass spoken words that do not give rise to criminal liability.  Specifically, the policy encompasses "[c]onduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players."

Key words: integrity and reputation.  LJ's comments, which have attracted the attention of GLAAD, most definitely have hurt the integrity and reputation of the league.

The problem for LJ in this instance is that Commissioner Roger Goodell essentially acts as judge, jury and executioner. 

Via his Twitter account (ironically), NFL PR's Brian McCarthy indicates that this is more of a team issue.

"NFL policy applies only [to] game. players can tweet til 90 [minutes before] kick, then can tweet after media opps postgame. Rest up [to] team," McCarthy tweeted.

Whatever it is, it's looking more and more like LJ is going to be punished.  The only questions are: A) Who is going to punish him? and B) What will the punishment be?