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Durbin was asked whether the NFL had taken substantial enough steps to warrant not having a hearing.
"Unlike many issues that come before us, this issue was discovered by the NFL. The investigation was initiated by the NFL. And the actions that were taken against coaches and players was taken by the NFL," Durbin said. "There was no denial here."
Said Goodell: "We will continue to work with the Senator and his office. We will continue to evaluate our policies at every step. . We give the Senator our assurance on that, my personal assurance that I will do that."
Goodell's handling of bounty-related suspension has drawn criticism from the NFLPA, which has cited a lack of due process and fairness.
"I have no place to judge the process," said Durbin, who noted he spoke with many players, former players and coaches.
Durbin said NCAA president Mark Emmert also came to Washington to discuss the issue, and the NCAA will set up an anonymous phone number to report bounty programs.
"Today's announcement by the NFL, and further activities with the NCAA and other leagues in the future, will help ensure that bounties are finished in football," Durbin said. "The NFL's players are protected, and its audiences can know the game will be played fairly, honestly and safely."
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