Falcons president Rich McKay eligible to apply for reinstatement

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons president Rich McKay, who was suspended from the NFL competition committee as part of the team’s penalty for pumping fake noise into the Georgia Dome during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, is eligible to apply for reinstatement.

(NOTE: We're checking with the Falcons and the league to see if McKay has applied for reinstatement)

He was suspended effective April 1 and was eligible to apply for reinstatement after June 30.

The NFL fined the Falcons $350,000 and took away its fifth-round pick in the 2016 as part of the punishment.

NFL rules state that “at no point during the game can artificial crowd noise or amplified crowd noise be played in the stadium.”

McKay, an attorney, had been a longstanding member of the committee and served as the chairman.

The NFL concluded McKay was unaware of the artificial crowd noise but “bared some responsibility for ensuring that team employees comply with league rules.”

A league investigation found that Roddy White, the former director of event marketing was directly responsible for the noise. The NFL said White would have been suspended for eight games without pay had he still been a member of the Falcons.

The Falcons are set to report for training camp on July 30.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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