NFLPA head disturbed by Rice video

RENTON, Wash. (AP) NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says the video showing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee in February was ”disturbing to watch.”

Smith was at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility on Monday beginning his plan to visit all 32 teams. Smith says he was flying cross country when the video was released by TMZ Sports and only saw it after he landed in Seattle. Smith says he has not spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since the video came out.

Smith says the union has an ”unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included. It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.”

Smith also said union negotiators were in New York working with the league on a new drug policy. Smith said a significant sticking point is that players not be punished or suspended upon arrest and players are entitled due process.

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