NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Friday recommended a rules change requiring that any player who receives two personal fouls in a game be ejected. The rule is already being referred to as the Odell Beckham Rule after the New York Giants star receiver got three personal fouls in a game vs. the Carolina Panthers.
"I've already spoken to the Competition Committee. I've spoken to many members of the league. I've spoken to players. I believe that the league should pursue a policy where if there are two personal fouls in a game, there's an automatic ejection of the player.
"I believe that's consistent with what we believe are safety issues, but I also believe it's consistent with what we believe are standards of sportsmanship that we emphasize. We should take that out of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They'll obviously have to throw the flag, but when they do, we'll look to see if we can reach an agreement on the conditions of which they'll be ejected. That's a Competition Committee matter. We'll discuss it further with the Players Association in February at the combine, as well as the membership in March.
"I've recommended it already to the competition committee to at least consider. I think it's consistent with our goals to try and bring sportsmanship back into the kind of play to keep the focus on the game, keep the focus on the great play that is happening."
Giants co-owner John Mara isn't happy about the rule being called the Beckham Rule.
Mara on the rule already being referred to as The Odell Beckham Rule: "Well, I think that’s a little unfair."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) February 5, 2016
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