PA: Discipline shouldn't be retroactive

Updated: July 28, 2011, 2:05 PM ET
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae said players clearly would not endorse retroactive enforcement of the league's personal conduct policy for violations during the lockout.

Mawae It would be unfortunate if our guys got suspended right off the bat because the commissioner decides unilaterally to make that decision. ... our guys weren't working for the NFL at that time.

-- Kevin Mawae

Appearing Thursday on "The Wake Up Zone" on radio in Nashville, Mawae said the policy will be discussed as one of the final pieces of a new collective bargaining agreement, but the union needs to be recertified first.

"Our view and our stance has been our players were unemployed, they didn't work for the NFL for the last five, six months," Mawae said. "So we would hope and argue that our guys start with a clean slate. We'll see how that goes.

" ... Obviously it would be unfortunate if our guys got suspended right off the bat because the commissioner decides unilaterally to make that decision. But at the end of the day, our guys weren't working for the NFL at that time. Our view is that we'll have to discuss it and see where we go from there."

Mawae said the players have similar feelings toward team discipline for player actions that occurred during the lockout.

Paul Kuharsky covers the AFC South for ESPN.com.

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