When Texas lost to the Texans in overtime in Super Bowl XXXVI, it became a symbol of everything that was wrong with the NFL.
A decade after that loss, Houston’s football team went 11-5 and won the AFC West.
In 2017, it was a national story when it was revealed that a former football player had been arrested for raping a woman in 2015, a story that resulted in the team being stripped of the first-round draft pick it received in that trade.
And now, after an extensive investigation, it seems that the NFL will have to take another look at the Texans’ season after the release of video that appeared to show the team beating up a woman, then dragging her by her hair into a car.
The woman was not injured.
But the case is one of several in which the NFL has had to respond to the release or allegations made by some players who were not suspended or punished.
Here are five things you need know about the investigation and what you can do about it.
What’s the investigation about?
The NFL announced last week that it was conducting a review of its investigation into the sexual assault of a woman by two Texans players, former running back Trent Richardson and current wide receiver Andre Johnson.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the investigation is looking into the “inappropriate conduct of the players and the culture within the organization.”
It’s the first time the league has opened up about the scope of the investigation, and it’s likely that it will reveal a lot more information in the coming weeks.
The NFL has declined to comment on the investigation at this time.
What is the focus of the review?
The investigation will focus on four areas: “the way in which these players interacted with women, the way in and out of the locker room, and how those interactions impacted the women who were involved in these incidents,” Schefter wrote.
According the report, the focus will be on the players’ behavior and “what they saw and did.”
This includes “whether there was any evidence of retaliation or any evidence that there was retaliation, or whether there was a culture that was not conducive to the well-being of women.”
It also includes whether the players should be punished or if the NFL is “satisfied with the way that the investigation went.”
What can you do?
According to the report and the league’s statement, the investigators “will be examining the impact of the incident on the women and the individuals involved in the incident.”
That includes “conduct and consequences of actions that were taken,” including “whether the players took appropriate action to stop the conduct and the repercussions thereof.”
The report also suggests that the “actions and consequences” may include discipline.
The report notes that the players involved in this incident have been disciplined, including for their actions in the locker rooms.
But it also says that “the players have been advised of their right to seek a disciplinary hearing.”
How long will the investigation take?
According a league statement, it will “take approximately six months to complete.”
The investigation “will also examine the ways in which a culture and practices are changed or altered in order to mitigate any perceived risk to the safety or well- being of women in the NFL, or to other people.”
In other words, this could take years, or even decades.
The findings of the inquiry will not be made public.
But, according to The Washington Post’s Ian Rapoport, there will be a report on the matter that will be released “within weeks.”
What are the possible consequences?
It’s not clear whether the investigation will result in any discipline or suspensions for the players, but some have suggested that they could be forced to forfeit draft picks if they are found to have violated the league code of conduct.
ESPN’s Ian O’Connor said in a statement that the inquiry “will undoubtedly shed light on how the NFL treats its players, and the consequences of these actions, for years to come.”
How can I contact the NFL?
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4677.
You can also write to the NFL Players Association at: The NFL Players Assn.
at: c/o NFL Players, Inc.