NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell is doing what any commissioner or president of a sports league would when one of his players is being investigated in a criminal case.
He's waiting for the legal process to take its course.
No charges have been filed in what has been termed by Massachusetts authorities as a homicide in the death of a man connected to New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Police have searched Hernandez's house and the area around it after 27-year-old semi-pro player Odin Lloyd was found dead in an industrial park near the Patriot's North Attleborough home.
Hernandez also was sued Wednesday in Florida by a man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.
As he has done in recent cases, be they high profile — Michael Vick and his dogfighting, for example — or less publicized, Goodell is sitting tight. Innocent before proven guilty.
Should Hernandez be arrested — no charges have been brought in either case — Goodell could punish him under the NFL's personal conduct policy. But he generally prefers to await the outcome of all legal proceedings.
When Vick admitted to financing a dogfighting operation, Goodell suspended him indefinitely in August 2007. Vick served 18 months in a federal penitentiary, and was reinstated in 2009 when Goodell said the quarterback had shown remorse for his actions.
Vick has stayed out of trouble since and has played for the Philadelphia Eagles the last four years.
Goodell suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones for the 2007 season under the personal conduct policy after Jones was arrested multiple times. A 2005 first-round draft pick by the Titans who now is with Cincinnati, Jones has been in and out of legal trouble, with at least seven arrests over the years and involvement in about a dozen incidents that included police intervention.
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