The NFL has no plans to change its investigative procedures despite questions surrounding the probe of Kareem Hunt.
The league doesn't -- and won't start -- paying for videos or other information.
"I think that is not likely at all, for a number of reasons," NFL special counsel for conduct Todd Jones said. "Not the least of which is you all have a journalistic privilege, you all have First Amendment protections. You all can get information from sources and wrap it up in sort of like 'sources.' We don't have that luxury."
The NFL reviewed police documents and spoke with local investigators, but didn't see video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February until TMZ posted it online on Nov. 30.
"There is information out there in this surveillance society that we can't get when we need it, and when we get it, we act on it," Jones said.
"To become mercenary and pay for videos opens up a Pandora's box of all kinds of opportunities and things that may come to us, from not just surveillance video in public places or surveillance video in residences. You're talking about the world of social media and everybody on a smartphone, as TMZ's in the business of doing, is buying people's smartphone snippets for a fee, and the NFL's not going there."