Adam Silver: 'We're learning from the NFL'

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talks to the press on February 16, 2013
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver reveals that the league is reviewing its domestic violence policy following a string of recent incidents involving NFL players.

Adam Silver has revealed that the NBA is to take a "fresh look" at its domestic violence policies following a string of recent incidents involving players from the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released by the team and suspended indefinitely after a video emerged of him hitting his fiancee, while Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer have all been taken off their teams' active rosters while investigations into allegations against them take place.

The NBA commissioner told reporters: "We learn from other leagues' experiences. We're studying everything that's been happening in the NFL. We're working with our players' association [and new executive director Michele Roberts]. We've been talking for several weeks, and we're going to take a fresh look at everything we do.

"The whole world's focused right now on what's happening around the NFL, so it would be foolish for us not to try to learn from everything that's happening with that league. By no means am I naive, we've had our share of issues over the years.

"What we can do is focus on education. We have in place the appropriate mechanisms for discipline, but we'll take a fresh look at them as well. Most importantly it's education. It's not just the players, but it's the players' families. That's what we're learning."

NBA players are currently subject to a 10-game suspension for a first offence if convicted of a domestic violence charge.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against outside linebacker Jarret Johnson #96 of the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014
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