Prompted by the Jan. 1 shooting death of Denver Broncos’ cornerback Darrent Williams, key National Football League figures discussed player safety and player conduct at a private meeting yesterday in Indianapolis, reports the Denver Post. Participants Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw, Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis and about a dozen NFL players. “We’re here to talk about keeping players safe,” said one player. “Guys have to be safe.”
Williams was shot and killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting while riding in a rented limousine near downtown Denver. Player conduct has been a major issue in recent months. There has been several off-field incidents involving NFL players. Police are investigating Tennessee cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones after a shooting Monday morning in Las Vegas after the NBA All-Star Game. The Cincinnati Bengals have had nine players arrested in the past year. Lewis was the only head coach in attendance yesterday. Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh also was at the meeting.