NEW YORK (AP) — The players' union says it has not had input into a revamped personal conduct policy the NFL is preparing.

NFL owners are meeting Wednesday in Irving, Texas, and are expected to see a framework for changes to the policy. The union has sought to have any alterations to the policy negotiated.

The current policy was part of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. But in the wake of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, portions of the policy are being reworked.

"In the latest of four talks (about the personal conduct policy) they progressively got less interested," NFL Players Association President Eric Winston said of the NFL during a conference call Tuesday. "And we found out before this last meeting that they were already planning to present it. They basically asked us to a meeting as a farce, to say they met with the players three or four times.

"We found out a personal conduct (policy presentation) would be rolled out this week to the owners."

Added union executive Zak DeOssie: "We got an invitation and the topic was the conduct policy and we sort of knew going into that meeting that they were not entertaining the idea of this being a collectively bargained issue. We asked a bunch of times, 'Is this what we are about to talk about, collectively bargained?' And they reiterated no.

"We were left with no choice to not engage with them with any sort of policy that the owners are going to see."

Among the union's aims is to have Commissioner Roger Goodell's role in handing out discipline reduced or even eliminated.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said the union's proposal "would weaken the policy."

"The commissioner's disciplinary authority for off-field conduct was negotiated as part of the 2011 CBA," Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press. "The personal conduct policy applies to all NFL personnel and has never been the subject of collective bargaining. It has been in place for almost 20 years (since 1997)."


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