With incinedary issues concerning domestic violence consuming every NFL headline, even organizations without a violator on their squads are still being drawn into the discussion and asked to provide their stance. The Cincinnati Business Courier asked and the team responded.
"We continue to be proactive with our players in all ways dealing with the NFL’s personal conduct policy," Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said via BizJournals.com. "We have consistently involved our players in workshops covering areas such as domestic violence. Coach (Marvin) Lewis seems to have something on the docket every week for the players that’s non-football in nature. Not an outside speaker every week, of course, but at the least a brief lecture/reminder and maybe some slides. He is constantly on the players about responsible off-field behavior."
I asked Brennan if the Bengals are doing anything differently – through educating players or the types of players they sign – that improved that number.
"Like athletes always say, it’s a bit of both," Brennan said. "I think all the problems we had circa 2006-07 certainly heightened the awareness that we need high-quality individuals and need to school them up as best we can, but there’s nothing to point to as a radical change. Despite the past problems, Coach Lewis has always worked the team hard on off-field issues."