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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's lawyer says that the Heisman Trophy winner will cooperate will a Title IX investigation being conducted by the school regarding rape allegations against Winston.

Winston's lawyer confirmed his participation in the school's investigator in a letter, reports ESPN. Winston was accused of raping a Florida State student in 2012, but after an investigation Florida's State Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Winston citing a lack of evidence. But after the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation into the school's handling of the allegations, Florida State began their own investigation into the incident.

What is Title IX and what does it do?

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer became the latest NFL player to face criminal charges after he was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault.

The arrest stems from a pair of incidents in July when Dwyer allegedly assaulted a woman and an 18-month-old child at his Phoenix home, reports ESPN. The arrest also comes less than a week after another NFL running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted for child abuse after allegedly injuring his 4-year-old son and amid the continuing controversy surrounding the recently released video footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator earlier this year.

What are the details behind the NFL's latest off-field troubles?

Pro football and the U.S. Constitution are not typically mentioned in the same sentence, let alone the same blog post.

But with a recent string of NFL players being hit with criminal charges for their conduct off the field -- including all-pro running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges over the weekend -- the constitutional concept of due process has entered the football lexicon. The phrase has been used by team officials to explain why players charged with crimes, such as 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, have remained on the field, as well as by players fighting suspensions for their off-the-field conduct, like Ravens running back Ray Rice.

So what exactly is due process? And how does it apply to NFL players facing serious criminal charges?

Football star Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail over the weekend after being indicted on charges of negligent injury to a child.

Peterson's indictment follows an investigation into injuries suffered by Peterson's 4-year-old son when the Minnesota Vikings running back allegedly disciplined the boy, reports Houston's KILT radio. Peterson admitted to police that he twice gave the boy a "whooping" with a "switch" -- a colloquialism for striking someone with a tree branch stripped of its leaves -- and told police he felt "very confident with my actions because I know my intent."

Police, however, believe Peterson took his discipline too far, crossing the line into child abuse.

Seven ex-NFL players have lost their appeal to stop a settlement between the NFL and concussion victims and their families.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal Thursday to reconsider the NFL settlement that had been preliminarily approved in July. This settlement will potentially offer up to $5 million to former players and their families for ailments due to concussions, but the appealing players felt that this wasn't enough, Reuters reports.

What argument did these ex-players try to use, and what's next for the settlement?

Not only did the Oakland Raiders lose on the field last week (19-14 to the New York Jets), but they also admitted defeat in a legal battle with their own cheerleading squad.

The Raiders agreed last week to settle a class action wage theft lawsuit filed on behalf of 90 current and former members of the Raiderettes, reports the Los Angeles Times. If approved by the court, the $1.25 million settlement will include a pay raise for current Raiderettes and thousands of dollars in back pay for those worked as cheerleaders over the last four seasons.

What do the cheerleaders claim the Raiders did wrong?

The Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice's contract Monday, just hours after a newly released video showed him slugging his then-fiancee in an elevator.

The video appears to shed new light on an incident in February, when Rice was caught on video dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. The new video shows Rice and Janay Palmer (now Janay Rice) inside the elevator, with Rice throwing a punch at his future wife, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Many fans may be wondering, is there a way for Rice to face (more) charges for allegedly smacking around his current wife?

The family of Junior Seau, the former San Diego Chargers player who committed suicide in 2012, has rejected the proposed concussion settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players.

Seau is one of the most prominent names in the class action suit against the NFL for concussion-related injuries, and his family's withdrawal from the settlement may jeopardize the deal for other former players. According to U-T San Diego, Seau's family stood to receive $4 million as part of the pending settlement.

Why did Seau's family turn down this money, and what does it mean for the settlement as a whole?

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The OWI charge stems from an arrest earlier this year after Irsay was pulled over and found to have oxycodone and hydrocodone -- both powerful painkillers -- in his system as well as the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam, reports ESPN.

What criminal penalties is Irsay now facing?

Although the terms DUI and drunken driving are often used interchangeably, most people know that the "I" in DUI can represent being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

Most people, that is, except Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, apparently. Bell was recently cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop. According to the criminal complaint in that case, Bell told an officer, "I didn't know you could get a DUI for being high" before admitting that he had recently smoked marijuana and had a small amount in his possession, reports Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV.

Although Bell wasn't cited for DUI, why might his incriminating statement still come back to haunt him?