Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of Buckner, was quoted in a September 16 2014, USA Today article, “Why so many professional athletes accused of domestic violence are still allowed to take the field”.
The aticle by Nina Mandell noted: “If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s indefinite suspension of Ray Rice seemed out of line considering the alleged crimes committed by other players who were allowed to stay on the field, that’s because the NFL, MLB, NBA and other sports leagues aren’t guided by the same rules as the criminal justice system. Instead sports leagues use a combination of factors in determining how to treat accused and convicted players, including Collective Bargaining Agreements that are shaped by years of negotiations between union leaders, commissioners and ownership as well as arbitration rulings. Of the four major leagues – the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL – the NFL is the only one to have a specific policy on domestic violence, though it has been quickly adjusted in the past month.”
Buckner was quoted regarding the need for professional sports leagues to enact specific polices, procedures and protocols defining wrongful conduct (instead of leaving it to the discretion of the league), providing the scope of sanctions for wrongdoing and ensuring a consistent handling of misconduct matters.