There's a chance that McKinnie will be entered into a diversion program at a June 20 hearing, which would defer prosecution (and ultimately dismiss the charges) if McKinnie meets certain conditions. Regardless of what the judge in Florida does to McKinnie, Goodell has full and complete power to discipline players for off-field misconduct.
Working against McKinnie is the fact that he already has been punished once for violation the Personal Conduct Policy, as a result of his guilty plea to disorderly conduct on the Love Boat. In that case, McKinnie was fined a game check.
This time around, he could be suspended, even before his criminal case is concluded.
Goodell might base his decision on attitude and repentance, and McKinnie might have demonstrated both during their meeting.
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