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  1. Siegfriend and Rey says:

    Contract content of this nature may be prohibited by the CBA. A “stay out of legal trouble” for one’s rookie wage scale defined salary would likely be challenged as an unfair labor practice by the NFLPA, especially considering the NFL’s own behavioral regime. Missed games for legal reasons have a tendency to result in missed paychecks (or legal trouble generally). Substance stuff is definitely regulated by the CBA, so off limits for bilateral negotiations.

    So this might not even be an option. That aside, you generally can’t contract to not break the law, as there’s a preexisting duty not to. Were he to contract to checking in at a certain time each night like he was on parole, not visiting certain clubs, foregoing smoking legal substances (apparently B.Scott needs to lay off the Black and Milds if he wants to boost lung capacity and aerobic capacity), and after a background check to find dubious characters in his life, to avoid them, that would probably be valid.

    There’s a reason the NFL commissioner has the NFL Code of Conduct which forbids unseemly attention to the league, because he can’t punish someone for committing a crime – that’s what courts are for.

    1. Bill says:

      Like I said, I’m not a lawyer, and I figured there might be a reason why clubs didn’t already have something like this already in place. But given the regularity of headlines in which NFL players wind up in handcuffs, the Code of Conduct isn’t exactly a disincentive. If a player demonstrates himself to be a known risk to end up in the back of a squad car, it would be nice if there were some means of communicating with him in a language he understands very well… his paycheck!