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June 27th, 2013
11:54 PM ET

Rick Reilly and Rachel Nichols discuss ways in which the NFL needs to do a better job of offering help and guidance to young players

Just a day after being arrested and charged in the murder of acquaintance Odin Lloyd, on Thursday we learned that Aaron Hernandez is now being investigated for his connection to a July 2012 double-homicide that took place in Boston's South End.

As Hernandez's arrest adds to the appearance of a dangerous pattern of violence and unlawful behavior within the NFL, Piers Morgan invited ESPN's Rick Reilly and CNN sports reporter Rachel Nichols to offer their candid commentary and expert insight.

"Young players with suddenly all this money, they're also taught to be very ferocious and violent on the field and then somehow be a good citizen off it. And they don't know how to do that," explained Reilly, an ESPN commentator. "There's not a single psychiatrist on any NFL team. In fact, there's only one psychiatrist that works full-time for any pro sports team, and that's the Dallas Mavericks. There should be. There should be somebody with these guys on the road, at home, anonymously so they can come into their office, their hotel room, and talk about their problems, because whatever they're doing now is not enough. There should be - if you are caught with a gun violation, you should get a two-year ban from the league."

Nichols, meanwhile, refuted some of Reilly's claims, but agreed overall with his point:

"I do want to say very respectfully that there are psychologists on a lot of these teams. The Dallas Cowboys have somebody, the Kansas City Chiefs director of player development is a psychologist, she has a masters in psychology. So there are several teams that do employ psychologists. In fact, the NFL has now instituted a mandatory eight-session mental health and sort of off field issue sessions for rookies," she explained. "They're getting some things. Are they getting enough is the question and what are they doing to take advantage of it is the other question, too?"

Watch the clip as Reilly clarified his initial statement, explaining that to truly be effective, programs designed to help NFL players must be anonymous, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. linda

    enough with the racial card some one wanted to exstort paula dean they stood there ground so this person went public and now she paula is being crucified for some thing we all years ago may have used the n word .paula today probably has more black employed by her and friends with her then most stay strong paula we love you.

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